Architecture creates spaces - for us to experience them physically, by moving through them. We are in that exact time and space, enjoying a definite time and space- that of the built form. Each viewer and each user experiences it in the similar physical way – well almost!

Spaces designed for a ‘play’– are for us to experience them by being transported mentally into the ‘played’ time and space, using our imagination or memory or both – while we remain within the present capsule of time and space, that of the audience in a theatre. These 'play-spaces’ may be - fantastic, realistic, metaphoric, representational, stylized. They may constantly emerge and dissolve within seconds. Each viewer may experience these spaces in his/her own way. Each user’s (read performer’s) equation in the play with the space however remains the same – that which emerges from the narrative played.


  • Anubha  Fatehpuria

    Anubha Fatehpuria

    Senior Instructor

    Architect (since 2001) & Theater Actor (since 1996) A recipient of the Nagpur University Gold Medal (2001) for Bachelors in Architecture, graduating from LAD and SRP College for Women (Nagpur), Architect Anubha Fatehpuria interned at Ar. Balkrishna V Doshi’s SANGATH (Ahmedabad); worked under Ar. Dulal Mukherjee (Kolkata) briefly; began independent practice in 2002; has been an in-house consultant architect with a real estate firm in Kolkata from 2003 to 2011; has been a visiting faculty for Design at the Architecture Dept. at Jadavpur University. Since 2011 she has been running her own design studio. Currently working on projects ranging from - performing arts spaces, residential spaces, commercial spaces, institutional campuses amongst other kinds of architecture and interior spaces; integrating sustainable and local design practices and environment concerns as and where possible. Select projects/articles of theirs have been published and have received recognition. Anubha is also an accomplished theater actor. Recipient of the Sangeet Natak Academy’s prestigious Yuva Puraskar 2013-14, The Telegraph SHE Awards 2019 and the Shyamal Smriti Puraskar 2007 for her theater acting, she has had the privilege of working with some of the most renowned theater directors from within the country and abroad.

ACEDGE Summer UNschool

Spaces for Performance

Actions, mudras and expressions signify meaning and convey emotions; so does the stage. It is interesting to note that the small volume of 40ft x 32ft x 28ft is enough to convey different settings, backgrounds, and scenes of the act. How does one interpret and recreate these spaces? Are there preconceived notions that the audience internalizes? How does one rationalise the division and allotment of space on the stage? How does imagination of the audiences support build the perception of space? In the end, the lecture will discuss the take ways from Natya shashtra that have influenced Architect Fatehpuria's practice of design
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Spotlight take-aways

  • Unravel the spatial interpretation of the stage in performing arts

  • Develop understanding of cross disciplinary thinking process

  • Explore an alternative medium of communication

Objective for the course

The course aims at exploring the similarities of Natyashashtra and Vastushashtra. 

Framework of the course

The basic framework for the course pivots on spatial imagination and illusions created during a performance

Methodology followed

The course follows an action based philosophy. Through examples from previous performances, Architect Fatehpuria will demonstrate the rasas  

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