Virkein Dhar

Architect, Arts Producer, Performer, Researcher

I am the founder of Poppy Seed Lab, an independent creative studio that cross pollinates performance, design, cities and heritage, through research and producing immersive experiences. My creative practice lies at the intersection of design, performance and strategy, with a sustained interest in facilitating creative encounters in urban spaces; as well as exploring the impacts of design and arts outside of their normative environments.

In the past decade, I have engaged with various inter-disciplinary projects as a dancer, spatial designer, researcher, manager and curator. Notably, I led IGNITE! Dance Festival, an international biennial of contemporary dance practice; was part of the founding team at OddBird Theatre, Delhi's first curated black box theatre; and led programme development at UnBox, a platform exploring new narratives and building action at the intersection of disciplines, to reimagine India’s plural futures.

I also volunteer my time with the Aman Movement, a research facility to develop solutions for improved management of social sector programmes of the Government of India.