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




The word, Departure, conjures up multiple images - of leaving a world behind, of packing, mixed feelings, of arriving. Of the traveller herself who is already changed because she is crossing ‘worlds’.

There is another way in which we use the word departures - of making departures in thinking, habit, life-style, work. Often we make these departures without realising we are transforming. Only over time do these changes ‘reveal’ themselves. Such departures seem intangible, yet often leave a firm imprint on our lives.

The artists who came together to make this show explored the term through images, moments in history, sound and object.

This show was commissioned by LIFT - London International Festival of Theatre

The Job

Khol Do