On 4th June 1976, Gurdip Singh Chaggar, a 17-year old Sikh boy living in Southall, West London, fell victim to a racist murder. Out of the inferno surrounding his death, an Asian public presence emerged in Britain, with a variety of Asian civil liberties movements springing up in all the major British cities... and Tara Arts. (See BBC magazine article on Suresh Grover - one of the protesters against this murder)
The company was founded by young Wandsworth residents - current Artistic Director Jatinder Verma, along with Sunil Saggar, Ovais Kadri, Praveen Bahl & Vijay Shaunak.
Tara's inaugural production was Sacrifice - Nobel Prize-winning poet Rabindranath Tagore's anti-war play. This production was staged on 25th August 1977 at Battersea Arts Centre with a clear mission - to make imaginative connections across cultures through theatre.
In September 1983, Tara took possession of 356 Garratt Lane in Earlsfield, which has been its producing home ever since. On 1st September 2016, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan opened the renovated 356 Garratt Lane as Britain's first multicultural theatre - the new Tara Theatre.
'Over the years Tara Arts has proved itself a uniquely seductive British theatre company. Its blend of East and West continues to inspire an alluring vision of modern Britain.'
Hanif Kureishi, CBE
'Tara Arts' work is a terrific synthesis of east and west.'
Sir Richard Eyre
'Tara Arts has had an extraordinary journey. They have brought another sensibility onto the scene, stretched British cultural life and helped to make those of us with different origins visible to both ourselves and others.'
Naseem Khan, OBE
All Tara Arts' past shows are can be found in our online archive
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