Umrao&Me is an innovative lecture performance in which Nikita shared with the audience personal letters she wrote to the legendary early 20th century Indian Tawaif performer (courtesan) Umrao Jaan Ada on what it means to be a woman artist in present day society. Letters that tackled questions of obsession, male and female gaze, politics, beauty, sleaziness, tenderness and cruelty.


By Nikita Maheshwary & Paul de Bruyne. Premiered at: Korzo Theatre, The Hague, The Netherlands | 21 October 2018. Performed at:  Ashoka University, India | 13 November 2018.  Shiv Nadar University, India | 15 November 2018.