Mahmud Alam

Founder President

Mahmud Alam’s love affair with the written word started at the age of thirteen when he wrote his first Urdu poem. From his early years, the atmosphere of literary discussions and pursuits at home, finally led him to the theatre.

He joined his family business in 1982 and graduated from St Xavier’s College with  B. Com (Hons) in 1985. During his college days too he was actively involved with theatre and literary activities.

A successful businessman, a pioneer of upholstery leather manufacture in India, and a leather technologist by profession he has continued to pursue his passion for theatre.

He joined Padatik, a premier theatre group in Kolkata, in 1986 and went on to work with stalwart directors like Shyamanand Jalan, Fritz Bennewitz, Rodney Marriot, Govind Deshpande and W. Staniewski among others.

He became a resident director of Padatik Theatre and directed Franca Rame and Dario Fo’s ‘ A Woman Alone’ to great popular and critical acclaim.  He has also directed ‘ Har Marz Ki Dawa’, a hilarious comedy based on Moliere’s work.

His latest directorial venture ‘ Safarnama’, is running to full houses in Kolkata and other major cities.

All his plays have been performed in several major theatre festivals in the country. ‘Safarnama’ was recently chosen to be performed at The 8th International Theatre Olympics organized by the National School Of Drama.

Mahmud’s love affair with the written word and the theatre grows with every passing day.

JANUS, is his brainchild and his gesture of wanting to give back to the arts and artists of this city.

Sanchayita Bhattacharjee Alam

Co-founder & Artistic Director, Black Box  

Sanchayita Bhattacharjee was born into a family of artists. Her father and her extended families were painters and sculptors by profession. She took to the stage at an early age and was an active participant in all her school theatre activities. She studied Theatre Craft in St Thomas’ School under Mrs Joy Michael ( of Yatrik, Delhi).

She moved to Kolkata in 1981 and became deeply involved in lights and set designing at Jadavpur University. A first class holder in her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in International Relations she went on to receive a research scholarship from her university.

In 1984 she joined Stagecraft, an English language theatre group in Kolkata, and was highly acclaimed in her roles in plays like ‘ The Night Of January 16th’ and ‘ Crimes Of The Heart’. She joined Padatik in 1987 and there began her journey in Hindi theatre.

She went on to work with legendary directors like Satyadev Dubey, Fritz Bennewitz, Anmol Vellani, Rodney Marriot, Usha Ganguly, John Britton and W. Staniewski among others.

Professionally she has followed her other passion and is a qualified chef having passed out with a Grand Diplome from Le Cordon Bleu in London where she has also worked in several major restaurants.

She has developed an unique theatre cum food show named ‘Travelling Flavours – The Talkathon’ where she joins her passion for theatre and food in an unique talk show where she cooks live.

Most of her recent theatre works in plays like, ‘A Woman Alone’ and ‘ Safarnama’ have recieved popular and critical acclaim. Sanchayita has performed in many major theatre festivals in the country.

She has co founded JANUS with Mahmud Alam to continue her passion for theatre and to provide a platform for both visual and theatre artists of the city and beyond.