Dhruva Harsh (Dhruva Kumar Singh); (Born 17 December, 1989 in Mankapur, Gonda, Uttar Pradesh, India) is a filmmaker and playwright based in Allahabad most known for his debut short film Honourable Mention which has been screened at various film festivals in India and abroad including the 21st Kolkata International Film Festival(2015). He has also written and directed several plays and poetry.
Early life and education:
He was born into a kshatriya Hindu family and spoke Awadhi for the first 15 years of his life even Hindi has been his secondary language. His father Ajai Singh is a reputed bussinessman in his town and mother Shakuntala Singh is a housewife. He received his schooling from Kendriya Vidyalaya, Mankapur (Gonda), Graduated from Ewing Christian College, Allahabad and did Masters in English literature from the University of Allahabad. He is currently enrolled under the D.Phil. program in English Literature comprising ‘The Mahabharata in the Contemporary Indian English Novel’ under the supervision of Prof. Bandana Sharma.
He started his career with writing, his first innovative play ‘The Burning Instinct‘ (2012) which eventually raised him to fame. It reveals a provocative discourse on arts depicting the life of an artist. Then he again earned success with his following two plays: ‘Che’ A Romantic Revolutionary’ (2013) and ‘Cigarette and Shakespeare’ (2014) with the former based on an International revolutionary Ernesto Che’ guevara, who is deprived of the acclaim that he deserves in India, while the later ‘Cigarette and Shakespeare’, displays the story of a scholar who is addicted to Shakespeare to such an extent as he is addicted to smoking. Now he is busy with his new play “Hermaphrodite”. Dhruva is much into play writing and film making now a days and so, has involved himself in the production of films. He claims to be a self-taught filmmaker. Dhruva is deeply influenced with the techniques of Polis filmmaker Krzysztof Kieslowski and Korean Filmmaker Kim Ki Duk’s Arthouse Cinema. He has written and directed two short films respectively “Game of Digits” and “Honorable Mention” the later one is based on the short story from the collection of “Song Without End And Other Stories” by novelist and short story writer Neelum Saran Gour, it exhibits the conflict between fate and destiny that plays very crucial part in shaping a man. “Honorable Mention” won Best Screenplay award at Rolling Reels International Film Festival, Hyderabad and has got official Selection in the Prestigious film festivals in India and abroad like the 21st Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF-2015). Now he is working on a feature film called “Dance like Natalie” and has planned to shoot it in the various parts of the country having a French actor on board. For his Excellencies and transcendent hard work he was awarded by Indira Gandhi National Tribal University, Amarkantak (M.P.) with the Creative Achievement Award in 2014. He has got published his poem book called “Aye Zindagi Tu Ret To Nahi” by Authorspress, Delhi (2015) which thousand copies sold out within a month. He is co-founder as well as chief-managing-Editor of Kolkata based poetry journal Asian Signature:An International journal of poetry and poetics. (www.asiansignature.com) .He is also founder and Chief Editor of Shadow Circle:An International Journal of Contemporary Theatre. (www.shadowcirclejournal.com)
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