About us

Celebrating Transformation Through Art and Theatre

Chindu, derived from the Telugu word for a dance of celebration, is a cultural resource and school of personal effectiveness. For over two decades, our dedicated team of professionals has been inspiring social transformation through art, theatre, and process work. We partner with NGOs, corporate entities, and government institutions to uplift isolated and disadvantaged communities.

Our Identity

Founded in 2000 in Hyderabad, India, Chindu has a rich history of facilitating reflective learning processes. We empower individuals and teams across various organizations, enhancing leadership skills, communication abilities, and decision-making both professionally and personally. Our work spans a wide range of communities, including police personnel, leaders, managers, activists, artists, students, Dalits, Adivasis, Muslims, women, children, and trauma survivors.

Our Reach

Through collaborations with international donors, Chindu implements projects across India and internationally. In India, our work spans regions like Assam, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Mizoram, Odisha, Tripura, and Uttar Pradesh. Globally, we conduct leadership and theatre programs in Brazil, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Nepal, the Netherlands, Norway, the Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.

 

Vision

A society where every individual and community affirms, celebrates, and experiences life fully.

Mission

To develop marginalized individuals and communities for social transformation through the power of art and theatre.

Our Core Belief

We believe in recognizing the unique gifts of every child, valuing and supporting women’s pursuit of freedom, honouring the resilience and resistance of survivors, embracing diversity as a source of strength and richness, viewing theatre as an expression of love, and believing in the power of every individual to create change.

 

Recognition

Chindu has transformed into a versatile institution, conducting leadership and theatre workshops, staging impactful plays, and providing training to various groups, teams, and communities. We have garnered recognition as a distinguished performing group both nationally and internationally. Chindu embodies the transformative potential of art, advocating for social justice and empowerment through its diverse endeavors.

 

Meet the Team

P. Suresh Kumar

Co-Founder & Lead Trainer

Swarna Sabrina Francis

Co-Founder & Lead Trainer

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P. Shirisha

Trainer & Artist

Sarika Goutham

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J. Keerthana

Trainer

K. Keerthana

Trainer

Abhay Srivastava

Trainer

Divyashree Vucha

Trainer & Artist

Advisors

Evan Hastings

Drama Therapist & Educator. Founder/Director of Shadow Liberation Theatre

Nithya Vemireddy

AIF Clinton Fellow 2018-19 Global Social Benefit Fellow 2017

Amiya Chaudhuri

AIF Clinton Fellow 2020-21

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