Naatak is a group of Indian theater enthusiasts in the San Francisco bay area, founded in 1995 by students at the University of California, Berkeley, and Stanford University.



Artistic Director  
Harish Sunderam Agastya
Operations Director  
Marketing Director  
Manish Sabu
Asheesh Divetia
Sets Director
Snigdha Jain
Production Designer
Savitha Samu Props Designer
Vishalini Vimal Costume Designer
Soumya Agastya Naatak House Manager


Graphic Designer

Pragya Tiwari


Indranil Roychoudhury

Sets Team

Asheesh Divetia, Madhav Duggineni, Atul Chaudhari

Marketing & Publicity Team

Rajiv Nema, Surender Singh, Swagato Basumallick, Varun Dua

The spirit behind these guidelines is to provide the pleasure of good theater to our audience - unsullied by appeals, announcements, speeches or banners - and the satisfaction of creative activity to Naatak members.

1. Naatak was founded to bring intelligent and entertaining theater to residents of the San Francisco bay area. Our shows are not fund-raising events and will not be advertised as such.

2. Our plays will be managed frugally. 

3. As far as feasible, all work related to our plays will be performed by Naatak members. 

4. In most cases, in order to direct or produce a Naatak play, a person: 

* must have had significant involvement in at least two recent Naatak productions.
* must take responsibility for all financial and organizational aspects of the play. 
* must commit to abide by the principles on which Naatak was founded. 

5. Ticket prices for Naatak plays shall remain low. Discounts will be given if financial need can be proven.  

6. During Naatak shows: 

* The inside of the theater must not contain advertisements for any organization, not even Naatak.
* Program brochures for the play must not contain advertisements for non-Naatak events.  
* There must be no non-Naatak announcements before, during or after the play.  
* Other organizations must seek approval to advertise outside the theater, including the lobby and parking lot.
* Approved organizations must agree not to solicit our audience (inside or outside the theater) with flyers.

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If you enjoy creative theater, you are welcome to join Naatak. You could participate as an actor, script-writer, director, producer, set-designer, make-up artist, light or sound person, or you could help in sales, marketing and publicity. Previous theater experience is desirable but not a requirement. For more information on how to join Naatak, contact

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