Dr. Satyabrata Rout from the Sarojini Naidu School of Arts and Communication at the University of Hyderabad has been selected for the Fulbright-Nehru Academic & Professional Excellence Award (Lecturing & Research). Under this award he will working on a Project titled Cutting-Edge Technology and Indian Scenography: Exploring Space, Design, and Performances at the Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI from August 2018 for a period of six months.

Dr. Rout’s Fulbright-Nehru project explores Indian performances and scenography and their exploration of space and design in the light of today’s cutting-edge technology. The project consists of both lecturing and research, with the teaching aspect emphasizing Indian theater and focusing on the Natyashastra tradition, and the research component experimenting with the effects of cutting-edge technology on contemporary theater design and scenography.

Dr. Satyabrata Rout, a noted scenographer and director of contemporary Indian theater practices, is a professor and head of the Theatre Arts Department at the University of Hyderabad. Over the years he has tried to develop a unique theater language based upon Indian traditions, aesthetics, and contemporary scenography.


Dr. Rout is an alumnus of the National School of Drama, New Delhi, with specialization in direction and design (1983) and earned his PhD from the C. S. University, Meerut, India (2008). He had also studied mask making and scenography in Tokyo, Japan, in 1999.

Dr. Rout has directed a number of acclaimed plays in India and abroad based on visual aesthetics and performances, such as Matte Eklavya, Animal Farm, Tumhara Vincent, Reth: Songs of the Sand, and August Ka Khwab. He has authored a number of academic books and published articles in national and international journals, and received many prestigious honours and awards, such as a Senior Fellowship Award (2000), Manohar Singh Smriti Samman (2006), Mohan Rakesh Samman (2015), and Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in Direction (2016).