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Dr Papiya Lahiri


Jaypee University of Technology

Papiya Lahiri is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Jaypee University of Technology, Himachal Pradesh, India. She previously worked in the Department of English and Modern European Languages, Banasthali University, Rajasthan and was involved in various academic and cultural activities. She graduated with a first class in BA from St. Bede’s College, Shimla, followed by an MA. Papiya subsequently obtained the highest marks in her MPhil dissertation and wrote her PhD on Canadian drama at Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla. As a theatre activist, Papiya directed and conceptualized Indian and European plays including those of Marlowe, Shakespeare, Tagore, Ibsen and Tennessee Williams. The Post Office (Dak Ghar) by Tagore, directed in 2011 at the Gaiety Theatre, Shimla, commemorated 150th birth anniversary of the Nobel laureate corresponding to the centenary year of the writing of the play. It was commissioned by the Directorate of Language, Art and Culture, Government of Himachal Pradesh, in collaboration with HP University, Shimla. She has also directed original dramatised versions based on the written compositions of poets like Browning and Tennyson and the plays of Anton Chekhov and Bernard Shaw. Papiya is the Faculty Coordinator of the Literary Club at her university.

As a poet and an author Papiya has read poems at various national and international poetry festivals in India and abroad as well as presented research papers and articles to wide national and international audiences at numerous seminars/conferences/symposiums organised by various institutions and academic bodies. She has over thirty publications in prestigious peer-reviewed journals and anthologies. Papiya was also appointed as UGC Project Associate at the Centre for Australian and New Zealand Studies, HP University, Shimla and authored a book on Canadian drama and theatre, entitled Sharon Pollock the Playwright: The Personal and the Political Ordeal (2017). Her latest poetry anthology entitled Seeds of Time is in press. She is a member of many reputed academic and literary bodies such as the Shakespeare Association of India, the Indian Association for the Study of Australia (IASA), and the English Language Teachers Association of India.

Her areas of interest include American, British and Canadian drama, gender studies, theatre studies, diasporas, and translation studies.