Jashn-E-Qalam is a collective of performing artistes & creative professionals with a passion for Hindustani Literature & Storytelling. We have had the privilege of sharing over 250 Short Stories at black-box theatres, academic institutions, offices, homes & even public parks. Audiences have relished the act of co-creating a sensuous experience rather than passively consuming a prepared one. We have also partnered with BMS Jukebox, Storytel & Saregama to create Digital Audio Stories.

The Artistes who have performed at the Loft Forum:

Shashwita Sharma is a professional actor in Theatre, Film & Television and a Kathak Dancer. Born into a rich tradition of music she was trained in Hindustani Classical Music (Vocal) by her Mother & Guru - Dr. Neelima Sharma. While graduating from Delhi University, she became a disciple of Kathak Maestro - Pt. Birju Maharaj and continued her training in Dance. She has performed at various platforms nationally. Her portrayal of a dark skinned woman going through racial discrimination in ‘Doli Armano Ki’ (Zee TV) received popular acclaim globally. She was also nominated for her show ‘Maryada: lekin kab tak’ at the Star Parivar Awards.

KC Shankar works as a multi-lingual professional Stage & Screen Actor. He has been with ‘The Phoenix Players’, an acclaimed English Theatre company under the guidance of thespians - Salim Ghouse & Anita Salim since 2009. He has worked on productions based on the writings of Neil Simon, Edgar Allan Poe & Franz Kafka. His prominent screen work include Heropanti (Film/Hindi), Samrajyam 2 (Film/Malayalam), Rebel (Film/Telugu), Aata (Film/Kannada), Virudhagiri (Film/Tamil), Santoshi Maa (&TV), Jamai Raja (ZEE TV), Siyaasat (EPIC) & Word-Match (ZEEQ).