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Prof. Ashutosh Potdar
Associate Professor - Literature, Theatre and Performance Studies
Email: ashutosh.potdar@flame.edu.in
PhD in English Literature from Shivaji University, Kolhapur; M.Phil in English Literature

Dr Ashutosh Potdar is Associate Professor of literature and drama at the department of Theatre and Performance Studies (School of Design, Art and Performance). His doctoral research examines the theme of aliens in Science Fiction with primary focus on post-war British Science Fiction and the M Phil research work is in the area of narrative studies. His scholarly work in English and Marathi has explored Colonial Drama, Narrative Theory and Drama Studies and more recently, the connections between the archive and performance making. He has published his research work on literature and drama in English and Marathi in various journals and presented papers in national and international conferences. He has edited a volume of Greatest Marathi Stories Ever Told (Aleph Book Company). Also, he has co-edited a volume of essays on performance-making and the archive, and an anthology of art writing in Marathi published by Routledge India and Sharjah Art Foundation respectively. 


Dr Potdar is an award-winning Marathi writer of several one-act and full-length plays, poems, short fiction and translations. He has two collections of plays, a collection of poetry and an adaptation of a play to his credit. He is the recipient of several awards for his writing, including the Maharashtra government’s Ram Ganesh Gadkari Award and Maharashtra Foundation's R S Datar Award. Dr Potdar has also presented his work in a curated show at a gallery in Pune and co-written a performance with an actor and designer in Bangalore that premiered at Sophiensaele in Berlin. Dr Potdar edits हाकारा  hākārā, a peer-reviewed bilingual journal of creative expression published online in Marathi and English. 

Prior to joining FLAME University, Dr Potdar has held teaching positions for fifteen years at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels at different institutions and worked with India Foundation for the Arts (IFA), Bangalore.



  1. Dnyat Adnyatachya Simevarache Natak: Marathi Drama 1980-2010, Ashutosh Potdar, Rangwacha, November 2021. UGC-CARE List Journal.

  2. Drama in Colonial Time: Indersabha and Sangeet Indrasabha, हाकारा । hākārā: a bilingual journal of creative expression, November 2021. ISSN 2581-9976. UGC-CARE List Journal.

  3. A Playful adaptation of hierarchies in Jean Genet's Play, Ashutosh Potdar, Maay Mavashi, March-June 2020.

  4. Kathanache Maidan: Rajan Gavas’ Writing,हाकारा । hākārā: a bi-lingual journal of creative expression publishing in Marathi and English, January 2019. ISSN 2581-9976, UGC-CARE List Journal.

  5. Curiosity, Life and Writing: Ranganath Pathare’s Fictional Work, हाकारा । hākārā: a bilingual journal of creative expression, May 2019. ISSN 2581-9976, UGC-CARE List Journal.

  6. Pauranik Natake Ani Natya-Vichar Vyavahar, Samaj Prabodhan Patrika, Year 55, Ank 2017, January-March 2017. ISSN No. 09732845.

  7. Theatre in India: Changing Contexts and Practices, Asian Journal of English Studies, Volume 5, Issue No. 4, October 2016. ISSN 2277-3606

  8. An Introduction to Science Fiction, Anushtubh, September 2013, UGC CARE List Journal.

  9. Nicola Griffith’s Ammonite: Aliens in Disguise, Asian Quarterly: An International Journal of Contemporary Issues, Vol. 10.1, May-June-July 2012, Page No. 09-24. ISSN 2229-581X.

  10. Tidhyacha Kaal Ani Natak, Atirikt, June 2012.

  11. User-Generated Content and Urban Middle Class in India in the workshop proceedings: Hemmungs Wirtén and Maria Ryman (eds). Mashing-up Culture: the Rise of User-generated Content. Proceedings from the COUNTER workshop Mashing-up Culture, Uppsala University, May 13-14, 2009.

  12. Narration in Performance of Varkari Keertan in Maharashtra published in Journal of Drama Studies, July 2007, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 119-126. (ISSN 0975-1696)

  13. Golbal World and Contemporary Theatre, in E-stq, 2006 (Seagull Theatre Quarterly), an online journal of Seagull Foundation for Arts, India.

  14. Space in Narration of Shyam Manohar’s Shityudha Sadanand, Anushtubh, 2000.

  15. Shityudh Sadanand: Observations of Space, Pratishthan, March/ April 1999.

  16. The Yakshagana Theatre of Karnataka and Modernization in Folk Theatre in India, Lokayan, 1995.


  • A Text Book on Literary Type: Drama, MA (Marathi), Yashawantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University, Nashik, MAR 2224. Academic Year 2021-22. B122194.


  1. Samakalin Nirmiti Ani Abhivyakti, ‘Jagatikikaran ani Marathi Kadambaritil Shoshitanche Jag’ (Ed. Dr Rafik Suraj), Darya Prakashan, Kolhapur, 2019. ISBN 9879785127250.

  2. Marathi Children’s Literature, 101 Indian Children’s Books We Love! (Ed. Anita Roy and Samina Mishra) to be published by Young Zuban, Delhi, 2014. ISBN: 978 93 81017.

  3. Fiction of New Voices: Uddhav Shelke’s Dhag, 50 Writers, 50 Books: The Best of Indian Fiction, (Ed. Chandra Siddan, Pradeep Sebastian), Harper Collins, India, 2013. ISBN: 9789350294284, 9350294281.


  1. An interplay of Practices and Ideas, International Conference on Maharashtra, 21-25 September 2021, Oxford University, UK.

  2. Speaking Local, Acting Global, a symposium on 'Connecting Realities' at Serendipity Arts Festival (https://connectingrealities.org/), 17-22 December 2019.

  3. Theatre Companies and Colonial Communication, 18th International Conference on Maharashtra: Culture and Society, South Asia Institute, University of Texas, Austin Campus, US: 24-26 January, 2019.

  4. Globalisation and world of the Exploited, Jayavant Mahavidyalaya, Ichalkaranji, December 29, 2018.

  5. Indian Renaissance and Literature, a national seminar, S P College Pune, February 17, 2018.

  6. Creative Writing Process: Processes and Challenges, National School of Drama, New Delhi, 30 Dec, 2018.

  7. Theatre After 1970s at the national seminar organised by Department of Marathi, University of Mumbai, February 09, 2018.

  8. Construction of Past and Colonial Drama in India in an international conference organized by Memory Studies Association, University of Coppenhagen, Denmark. 11-21 December, 2017.

  9. Actor-Training in Traveling Company-Theatres in India in XIII International Conference of Indian Society for Theater Research (ISTR)organized by Cultural Education Centre, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh., 23 to 25 January, 2017.

  10. Marathi Drama and Theatre Research in Search of ‘New Locations’’ Internet Researchers’ Conference 2017 (IRC 2017)’ in Bangalore. March 3-March 5, 2017.

  11. Shakespeare on Marathi Stage, a National Conference on Shakespeare be held at H.P.T. Arts & R.Y.K. Science College, Nashik. 20th and 21st of January, 2017.

  12. Modernity and Regional Theatre Practices, Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi (Regional Office, Mumbai) at Mumbai,  May 4, 2017

  13. Contemporary Theatre and Rajeev Naik’s Plays, a state-level seminar organized by Centre for Performing Arts, Savitribai Phule University, Pune on 27th January, 2014.

  14. Drama Education and Satish Alekar’s Plays in a national seminar organized by Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune between 29-31 January, 2015.

  15. Tradition and Modernity on Theatre, ‘Engaging with the Tradition: Rejuvenating, Re-formulating or Recasting?’, Department of Sociology, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune on March 12, 2014.

  16. Making of Colonial Marathi Theatre: A Methodological Perspective was presented in the international conference, “Global Experience in European Texts,” which took place at Cluster of Excellence: Asia and Europe in a Global Context: Shifting Asymmetries in Cultural Flows, Karl Jaspers Centre, University of Heidelberg from 11 November to 13 November 2010.

  17. History Subject and Redefining Theatre a 10th Conference international of ‘the German Society for Theatre Studies’ organized at Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, Mainz, Germany from October 28 to October 31, 2010.

  18. User Generated Content and Urban Middle Class in India COUNTER, an international seminar and workshop ‘Mashing-Up Culture: the Rise of User-Generated Content’ in Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden in May 13-14, 2009.

  19. Narration in Performing Arts in India in Inscriptions ’04, an International Conference in Literature and Humanities, 2004, Eastern Mediterranean University, North Cyprus, Europe.


  1. Remembering Vijay Tendulkar’s Ghashiram Kotwal, World Literature Today, University of Oklahoma, February 2022.

  2. Rangwacha, Aksharnama,https://www.aksharnama.com/client/article_detail/5914, March 2022.

  3. Aanandbhog Mall, Hindi Translation of Anandbhog Mall, Vyankatesh Kotbage, Samas (Ed. Udayan Vajpeyi), Year 6, Issue 22. 2022.

  4. Sadasarvada Purvapar, Yugwani (Ed. Prafull Shiledar) April-May-June 2021.

  5. On Saoli Mitra, Aksharnama,
    https://www.aksharnama.com/client/article_detail/5769, January 2022.

  6. A Note on Drama: Inspiration, Construction and Presentation, Yugwani (Ed. Prafull Shiledar) April-May-June 2021.

  7. Satish Kalsekar: A poet with the prayers of Dream, https://indianculturalforum.in/2021/08/20/satish-kalsekar-a-poet-with-the-prayers-of-dream/, August 2021.

  8. Why Performing Arts Education?, Higher Education Digest, https://www.highereducationdigest.com/why-performing-arts-education/, August 2021.

  9. The Threshold Perspective (A Review of Ashutosh Potdar’s work),https://bangalorereview.com/2021/06/the-threshold-perspective/, June, 2021.

  10. The Mind of a Playwright: Ashutosh Potdar in Conversation with Asijit Datta, Indian Cultural Forum, May 2021. https://indianculturalforum.in/2021/05/07/the-mind-of-a-playwright/.

  11. Three Poems by Ashutosh Potdar, Murali (Ed. Rajan Gavas), July 2020.

  12. Still and Still Moving (English Play: Neel Chaudhuri/Marathi Trans.: Ashutosh Potdar),  हाकारा । hākārā: a bilingual journal of creative expression, September 2019. ISSN 2581-9976. UGC-CARE List Journal.

  13. Directing Raag Darbari: How to Think in Dark (Marathi Trans. Ashutosh Potdar/Essay: Amitesh Grover), हाकारा । hākārā: a bilingual journal of creative expression, May 2019. ISSN 2581-9976. UGC-CARE List Journal.

  14. Laghuniyatkalikanchi Varnatmak Suchi (A Book Review), Mukta Shabd, March 2012.

  15. The Story of an Era (A Book Review), H-Asia, November, 2012.

  16. A  Conversation between Uday Pandit, Atul Pethe and Ashutosh Potdar, Mukta Shabd, August 2011.

  17. Once There Was a Crow, (Marathi: Rajan Gavas & English Trans:Ashutosh Potdar), Indian Literature, a Sahitya Akademi publication (March/April 2009).


  • Publisher and Editor, हाकारा । hākārā: a bilingual journal of creative expression in Marathi and English, ISSN 2581-9976, UGC-CARE List Journal, 2017- till date.


  1. Khel Khelat Rahato Umbra, Copercoin Publication, 2021.

  2. Ananadbhog Mall and Pulakhalacha Bombalya Maruti, Watermark, Pune, 2017.

  3. F1/105 and Sindhu, Sudhakar, Rum ani Itar, Watermark, Pune, 2017.

  4. Kamwalya Baya, Rekhatan Prakashan, 2005.


  1. Greatest Marathi Stories Ever Told (Ed. Ashutosh Potdar), Aleph Book Company, New Delhi.

  2. Performance Making and the Archive (Ed. Ashutosh Potdar and Sharmistha Saha), Routledge India. ISBN-9780367195601.