The multifaceted Mita Vasisht, an alumni of the National School of Drama, has acted in numerous films, television serials, web series and in theatre with award-winning performances in the films of Mani Kaul, Kumar Shahani and Govind Nihalani, and the web series ‘Criminal Justice’. Mita has been visiting faculty to the NSD, NIFT, NID, WWI and Head of Department Acting at the FTII. Her organisation ‘Mandala’ has designed and conducted theatre and performing arts modules for the empowerment and rehabilitation of trafficked minors at a remand home in Mumbai. As a writer concerned with the actor’s craft she also has two published essays.
Pachpan Khambe, Laal Deewaarein
Daisy Rockwell and Mita Vashisht in conversation with Shinjini Kumar
Writer and academic Usha Priyamwada's iconic book, Pachpan Khambe, Laal Deewaarein, originally published in 1961, follows the journey of a young female professor and her role as the sole provider for her family. Translated into English as Fifty-Five Pillars, Red Walls, by writer and translator Daisy Rockwell, the tale poignantly unfurls the physical, mental and social paradigms within which women lock themselves. Together with actor Mita Vashisht and Indian Novels Collective’s co-founder Shinjini Kumar, Rockwell discusses this quietly intense and pathbreaking Hindi novel and the process of bringing it together in the 21st century.