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Kaustubh Somnath Naik


  • M.Phil Theatre and Performance Studies, JNU, New Delhi
  • M.A. Performance Studies, Ambedkar University Delhi



I work on the histories of Portuguese colonialism in Southwestern India from the 18th-20th century. I am specifically interested in the histories of colonial institutions and how they order quotidian life.

I am also a playwright and was awarded the Tendulkar Dubey Fellowship for the year 2020 by the Vinod Doshi Foundation. I am a founder member of The Al-Zulaij Collective and occasionally write in the popular press on culture and politics.


Research Interests

Modern South Asia, Portuguese Empire, Caste, Theatre and Performance Studies, Comparative Literature.


English, Marathi, Konkani, Hindi, Portuguese

Selected Publications

  • Naik, Kaustubh. "Globalization of Goa in the Light of Fr. Thomas Stephens' Christa Purana." InterDISCIPLINARY Journal of Portuguese Diaspora Studies 7 (2018): 373-375. (Book Review)
  • Naik, Kaustubh. “What The Goud Saraswat Brahmin Anger Against Vishnu Wagh’s “Sudirsukta” Reveals About Caste And Culture In Goa.” Vantage, The Caravan - A Journal of Politics and Culture, 4 Oct. 2017,