Nakul Bhalla

Stage, Film & Voice Actor, Theatre Director

Founder - Sparkplug Theatre Co.


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Stage Acting: 200+ shows at NCPA, Prithvi & Rangashankara Theatres spanning 16 plays (15 English, 1 Hindi), collaborating frequently with Prakash Belawadi, Ashok Mandanna, Arjun Sajnani, & Anmol Vellani

Theatre Directing: 4 large-scale productions - David Mamet’s The Shawl, Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs, Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, & Neil Simon’s Fools

Film Acting: 3 full-length feature films - Tu Hai Mera Sunday, Wingman, Bell Bottom, 1 short film - Mission Mars: Keep Walking India, 1 web show - High

Voice Work: 4 audio-books - Jaya, The Secret Of The Nagas, Leadership At Infosys, In Loving Memory, & several radio ads

TV Commercials: Acted for Vodafone, Royal Challenge, Ola Cars, RBL Bank, Epson Projectors, TVS Wego, & Axis Bank

Theatre Workshops: Facilitated at Dell, Deloitte etc. with focus on voice, text, speech, trust-building, & public performance. Conducted business role plays with C2C Organisational Development

(2009-11) R & D ENGINEER:
Foley Designs Pvt. Ltd., Bengaluru

Titan Fastrack: Suspended watch-display mechanism for brick & mortar stores - Redesigned the existing product for pilferage-proofing, & for easier handling by store attendants

Quadio Labs: Hearing solutions - Provided customer insights to design team for improvements of hearing aids. New designs included inconspicuous concepts, & those that were visible, yet aesthetically pleasing

Wipro: CFLs - Provided solutions to improve existing CFLs. New designs were less bulky, provided softer, non-intrusive lighting that was easier on the eyes, whilst maintaining existing luminous intensity. Recommended manufacturing-line changes to accommodate the new designs

Vayu: ICU beds - Designed a new mechanism for elevation & Trendelenberg movements for manually operated ICU beds

Textile mills, Coimbatore: Ring placement device - Redesigned the existing, ’jugaad’-driven device used to place rings to prevent entanglement of thread during spindling. Improvement reduced device failures & thus, saved factory time

Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru

Aero-acoustics & Plasma Dynamics Lab - 2D localisation of acoustic emission source for design of a Large Aperture Directional Array (LADA) of microphones

- Solved locating an acoustic source with two microphones placed in the same line as the source, in the absence of the possibility of triangulation

Centre for Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences - Diurnal to interannual variability of the tropical Indian Ocean & the South Asian Monsoon

- Worked towards improving the resolution of the existing prediction model, by providing data on variations in the sea surface temperatures, salinity, water density, & ocean currents in the Bay of Bengal area, & their effects on the monsoon

Larsen & Toubro-Komatsu Ltd., Bengaluru

Worked on supply chain rationalisation, & was part of the strategic planning team

Manipal Institute of Technology

Electives: Finite Element Methods (FEM), Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)

Industrial Training: Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Aircraft Division, Bengaluru

Final Project: CFD Analysis of centrifugal air blower with backward blades, for design optimisation. Used softwares CATIA & Ansys Fluent for modelling & analysis respectively

Campus Placement Offers: From Infosys Ltd., Larsen & Toubro Ltd.

Literary & Debating Society: Joint Secretary - Designed & organised literary/puzzle events all year round, & for the annual cultural festival - Revels

Dramanon Theatre Company: Creative Director - Selected scripts, auditioned actors, secured sponsorships & directed the plays for 4 large-scale productions, & acted in 3 others