Anita Majumdar is an award-winning actress, playwright, and dancer raised in Port Moody, British Columbia. While performing in Toronto, she caught the eye of Deepa Mehta (award-winning director of the Academy Award nominated film “Water”) whereupon she was cast as Emerald in the film adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s novel “Midnight’s Children”. Earlier Anita had been hand-selected to play the romantic interest to Shawn Ashmore in the 9/11 focused film “Diverted” and as well as for her award-winning performance as Davinder Samra in the CBC film “Murder Unveiled”.
However Anita’s first love is theatre. She is a well-known Canadian theatre artist who has performed everywhere from Canada’s Stratford Festival to India’s Museum Theatre. She is best known for her self-written one-person dance/drama “Fish Eyes”, Fish Eyes has toured across Canada and internationally for eight years to much acclaim and has toured to high schools as part of “Kid’s Helpline” and the “411 Initiative Tour Program” to raise self-esteem in young teenaged girls. In addition, Anita has been the long-time Playwright-in-Residence at Nightswimming Theatre using Indian dance, pop culture and everyday speak to explore race issues that plague South Asian-Canadian women. She also mentors young women of colour wanting to create performance pieces that speak to social issues.
As an acting graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, Anita also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, Theatre and South Asian Languages from the University of British Columbia. Dancing for over 15 years, she initially began her classical Indian dance training in Kathak and went on to train further in Bharat Natyam and Odissi. Soon Anita began working as a Dora Mavor Moore nominated choreographer at institutions like The Second City, The Centaur Theatre and The University of Alberta.
In 2007, Anita was one of 50 artists invited to celebrate the Canada Council for the Arts' 50th Anniversary with Governor General, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean and was featured in Anokhi Magazine’s 2010 “Sexy & Successful List”.
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