Pandita Indrani Rampersad, PhD has spent over seven years of intensive academic research in the traditional open-air Ram Lila performance in Trinidad, Suriname, Guyana, Mauritius and North India. She has a strong understanding of the implications of UNESCO’s declaration of Ram Lila as one of the masterpieces of the intangible traditions of humanity and what is means in terms of innovation and change.
Dr. Rampersad studied Asian Performance Theory: India at New York University, under world renowned performance theorist and Ram Lila expert, Richard Schechner. From 2007 to 2009, she designed the world’s first certificate course in Ram Lila Studies at The University of Trinidad and Tobago that brought together theory and practice for educating and training performers in the Ram Lila art form and that was successfully piloted in 2009. She has had scholarly works on Ram Lila published in international academic journals and encyclopedias.
Dr. Rampersad has over 20 years of experience in community service in Trinidad and Tobago and has written, lectured and taught on Indian Culture, including Ram Leela.