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Rajnish Dhawan

Dr. Rajnish Dhawan

‌Senior Faculty Associate

English

Abbotsford campus, B378

Phone: 604-392-7333

email Rajnish

Biography

Freelance creative activities:
       
 Theatre
1. A staged reading of my play That Time of the Year was performed at the Reach Gallery Museum in Abbotsford, on Oct 22, 2010.
2. Directed St. John Ervine’s play Progress staged at the Aarsh Auditorium, D.A.V. college, Amritsar.
3. Directed a self-written Hindi play Tarpan for the G.N.D. University youth festival in 2006.
4. Scripted and directed a short play “Once Upon a Time in Kneda” as part of the centennial celebrations of the Sikh Temple in Abbotsford.

 Television (Documentaries)
1. Scripted and anchored a five part documentary on Preet Nagar, a heritage village in Punjab, produced by Doordarshan Kendra (a state owned television station), Chandigarh, in 2003.
2. Scripted and anchored a documentary on the celebrated Punjabi writer Nanak Singh produced by Doordarshan Kendra, Chandigarh in 2005.
3. Scripted a documentary on Bhakhra Beas Hydroelectric Projects produced by Doordarshan Kendra, Chandigarh in 2003.
4. Scripted and anchored a documentary on the Palaces of Amritsar and Kapurthala produced by Doordarshan Kendra, Chandigarh, in 2005.   

 Fiction
Written the story, screenplay, and dialogues for the following television

sitcoms:

1. A thirteen episode Hindi comedy serial, Aangan Tedha, produced by Doordarshan 
   Kendra, Chandigarh in 2002.
2. A thirteen episode Punjabi comedy series, Ghulle Shah de Karnamay, produced by
    Creator Audio-Video, Amritsar and aired by Doordarshan, Jalandhar in 2001.
3. A thirteen episode Punjabi serial for children, Bazoomba Dot Com, produced by Creative
    Infoline, Amritsar and aired by Doordarshan, Jalandhar in 2003.
4. A one-off Punjabi satirical play, Thipi, produced by Doordarshan Kendra, Jalandhar in
    1999.

Education

Ph.D. in Comparative Literature
MA

Research Interests

Neo- Historical approach to the classical Greek and Sanskrit literature, Modern Drama specifically the Theatre of the Absurd, Social concerns in Indian Cinema, South Asian and Diaspora literatures and Pakistani television drama.

Publications

1.      Countering Dictatorial Absolutism Through satire—A Socio-Poitical Study of Pakistani Television Drama Aangan Tehda published by Conjunctions—An International Refereed Journal of Language Literature and Culture ISSN 2320-995X; Volume 1 Issue 1 2014. 

2.      Melting Boundaries—Intercultural Dialogue and Manifestation of Wrath in Karna

and Achilles by Indraprasth: ISSN 2278-7208 Vol II, 2014.

3.      Revisiting Classics from the Perspective of Indo-Greek Socio-Cultural Milieu published by 

Punjab Journal of English Studies, published by the Department of English, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. Vol XX, 2005

4.      That Land Beyond the Waves—A play in two acts published by the Centre For Indo-Canadian Studies (due to be released in Winter 2017).

5.      Peer reviewed “Interpreting Ghadar: Echoes of Voices Past Ghadar Centennial Conference Proceedings, October 2013” published by the Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies, UFV.

 

6.      Edited “Udaan—A self-help book for those who live with specially abled persons,” published by Indraprastha University, New Delhi.

1.      Countering Dictatorial Absolutism Through satire—A Socio-Poitical Study of Pakistani Television Drama Aangan Tehda published by Conjunctions—An International Refereed Journal of Language Literature and Culture ISSN 2320-995X; Volume 1 Issue 1 2014.

 

2.      Melting Boundaries—Intercultural Dialogue and Manifestation of Wrath in Karna

and Achilles by Indraprasth: ISSN 2278-7208 Vol II, 2014.

 

3.      Revisiting Classics from the Perspective of Indo-Greek Socio-Cultural Milieu published by 

Punjab Journal of English Studies, published by the Department of English, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. Vol XX, 2005

 

4.      That Land Beyond the Waves—A play in two acts published by the Centre For Indo-Canadian Studies (due to be released in Winter 2017).

 

5.      Peer reviewed “Interpreting Ghadar: Echoes of Voices Past Ghadar Centennial Conference Proceedings, October 2013” published by the Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies, UFV.

 

6.      Edited “Udaan—A self-help book for those who live with specially abled persons,” published by Indraprastha University, New Delhi.

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