Saumya Mani Tripathi is a research scholar at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, JNU. She is an ardent theatre practitioner and teaches Theatre Arts at Maharshi Valmiki College of Education, Delhi University. She is deeply invested in the interdisciplinary study of all art forms and is an amateur painter. She has been working on her documentary film on farmer suicides for the past three years. Her research focuses on politics and performance and the role of new media in contemporary art. She is a cultural activist and loves to travel and document cultural practices in India and abroad.