Mallika Prasad is an actor, director and theatre professional from Bangalore, India. She does theatre, films and television in English, Hindi and Kannada languages. Her first role was in a school play dressed as a devil with Dracula fangs and a cape in high heels. Since then, she has done many plays in her 19 years of theatre and other forms of acting. She has been doing her latest solo theater performance called Hidden in Plain Sight for a while now, which premiered at Goldsmiths College in London in 2012, where Mallika studied Performance Making.
This performance has been co-written and co-directed by Mallika with Ram Ganesh Kamatham. Hidden in Plain Sight infuses physical vocabulary of Kalaripayatu, which she picked up in Pondicherry at a workshop, British Sarah Kane’s text 4.48 Psychosis and Mallika’s earlier work with actor
. Her act is specific to the experiences of women in 30’s in Bangalore, according to her. It also continues her and Kamatham’s exploration of new and urban Bangalore.
Mallika started her film career with the National Award winning Kannada film, Kanoora Heggedathi in a lead role directed by the great Girish Karnad. In 2002, she did the title role in NachiketPatwardhan’s Devi Ahilya Bai. She went on to play the female lead and wrote dialogues for Doosra in 2005, directed by Anand Subramanian. She has written and directed many documentary films on AIDS awareness, for an NGO and many more. Hertelevision experiences include lead in Kanoor Ki Thackurain which was telecasted on Doordarshan, lead roles in Gupthagaamini and Mussanjaya Katha Prasanga for ETV Kannada and as Associate Director and Production Controller for award winning series Garva for ETV Kannada