Since 1993, when Maya made her first solo, she has created different kinds of productions ranging from dance theatre to cross media performances and comedy. She is her own director and the centre piece of her making process is improvisation. Over the years, she has invited other artists – musicians, film makers, light and designers to improvise with her to create shows. While some productions have been adaptations of short stories, most have been inspired by events in India. There’s generally a strong social and political thread that runs through the content of her shows. Alongside, Kathakali – which she trained in for several years - seems to enter via various doors in creating a contemporary language of theatre. Maya has been commissioned by festivals both in India and abroad to create performances.

Loose Woman



Quality Street

Are You Home Lady Macbeth?

Hand Over Fist

Heads Are Meant For Walking Into



A woman sits at her desk with bits of a puzzle – a puzzle that is indeed the world, where life can be hard and its contradictions sharp. She must figure out her puzzle, just like any of us. So she must leave her desk and step out into the wider world to make sense of these pieces.

The journey is not easy. Sometimes it can be devastating. The world of power, of women’s degradation, of hardship and of those who survive it through work, is revealed to her.

Action, text, music and live feed were brought together to create a multi media show about our times. Close- circuit cameras that project images on multiple surfaces combine with exciting use of objects, action and sound.


The Job

Khol Do