Utkarsh Marwah

Festival Director

Delhi International Children's Festival


Utkarsh Marwah is an alumnus of Hindu College and a postgraduate in Visual Communication from London College of Communication, University of Arts, London. He did a short-term course in Theatre Pedagogy from the Osnabruck University of Applied Sciences, Germany. 

He started as an actor with Umang Children's Theatre and later under the able guidance of his guru Mrs. Rekha Jain he pursued his work in children's theatre. At the age of 15, he entered the Limca Book of Records as the Youngest Theatre Director in India. He has attended various workshop conducted by National School of Drama (TIE), Sahitya Kala Parishad, Jamia Milia Islamia and Else Theatre Fellow.


He started his career with The Times of India (NIE) as a theatre consultant and conducted workshops on creative development, story telling, theatre in education in more than 200 schools in Delhi and NCR. His children's Film, "CHIKKI-Dream of a Child" was screened at 27th NHK Japan Prize contest 2000, since then he has produced various short films with children. 

Since year 2000 he is working as a Cultural and Creative Director with Ryan Foundation. He has traveled with his directorial venture to various performing arts festival, the list as follows:

  • 5th Edition du Festival International de Theatre Amateur de Tanger, 2002Morocco


  • 7th Asia-Pacific Festival of Children's Theatre in Toyama, 2004, Japan


  • Journey to Peace, Lahore, 2004,Pakistan


  • 27 th Children's Theatre Festival in Monistrol, 2004, France


  • 45 th International Children's Festival, Sibenik, 2005, Croatia


  • 20th Renens Festival de Theatre en Herbe (Children's Theatre Festival), 2005, Switzerland


  • World Festival of Performing Arts, Lahore, 2005, Pakistan


  • 9th world Children's Theatre Festival in Lingen, 2006. Germany


  • Performance for the Indian Embassy in Berlin, 2006, Germany


  • Indo Polish Cultural Committee Festival, Krakow, 2006, Poland


  • La-Luna Youth Arts Festival, Australia, December 2006


  • 10 th World Festival of Children's Theatre, Moscow, July 2008


  • The World Festival of Children's Performing Arts, Toyama, Japan,August 2008


  • International Culture Art and Performance Festival, Istanbul,Turkey, May 2009


  • Performed in Voices for a Better World, the first performance of the World Children's  London, September 2010


He is the festival director of Delhi International Children's Festival since it's inception.

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