Artist Profile

Abhija Sivakala

Film and Theater Actor 

Abhija Sivakala is Film and Theatre actor working across the country and
internationally over a decade. She has acted in over 21 Feature Films. Abhija holds a Bachelor’s
degree in Fine Arts and also has also worked professionally as an animator. As film actor some
of the roles for which Abhija was critically acclaimed in Malayalam Cinema are from the films,
Ozhivu divasathe Kali, Munroe Island, Njan Steve Lopez, Action hero biju, Udaharanam sujatha
to name some of them. She has been nominated in several festivals for her exceptional
performances in some of the films. Her films has not just commercially been appreciated but
also have traveled to National and International Film Festivals like, International Film Festival of
Kerala(IFFK), Mumbai International Film Festival (MAMI), International Film Festival of
Rotterdam (IFFR), New Jersey International Film Festival, Lake City International Festival,
Washington DC South Asian Film Festival and many more.

As a Theater actor, Abhija worked with national and international theater directors. She worked with ‘Abhinaya theatre and research center’ for over four years. While in Abhinaya she acted in theater productions like, ‘Macbeth’, ‘Invisible cities’, ‘Pacha’ and many more. As a freelance theater actor, Abhija worked with international theater productions such as, ‘Las Indias’ and ‘Tsunami Express’ directed by Elias Cohen from Chile, ‘Once upon a time’ directed by Francoise Calvel from France, ‘Automatarium’ directed by David Berga from Spain, ‘Saree Rosa’ directed by Alexandra from Chile and many more. The productions in which Abhija has been part of, travelled nationally and internationally in various International Theater Festivals. Some of the theatre festivals Abhija has been part of are, Mahindra Excellence in Theater Awards, International Theater Festival of Kerala, New Performance Festival conducted by India Foundation for the Arts and many more.

Apart from Films, Abhija is currently interested in developing her own style of
performance by incorporating deviced methods in performance making. She also is keen
exploring the intersectionality between the Visual Arts and Performing Arts as she has her
formal training in Visual Arts and professional exposure in performing Arts. Abhija being a

trained Kathak as well as Odissi dancer is interested in exploring the dance forms beyond the
conventional codified format to enter the terrain of experimental in relation to theatrical space.
Abhija has also conducted several theater workshops with Kids and Adults. Apart from that,
Abhija regularly conducts ‘Acting for Cinema’ workshops catered specifically for aspiring film
actors through her Studio ‘Vanta Black’. Apart from several films lined up, Abhija is currently
working on ‘Entropy’, commissioned by Serendipity Arts Festival as part of Special Project
Program 2021.

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