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Jatinder Verma attends official launch of the UK-India Year of Culture at Buckingham Palace

27 February 2017

Marking the 70th anniversary of India & Pakistan's independence from Britain, the UK-India Year of Culture was launched by Her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace on Monday 27th February.

Jatinder Verma attended the reception along with many other artists. Tara Theatre is marking this anniversary with its unique programme of 70 events over the course of the year, featuring plays, music, dance, talks...and gardens. 

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Tara Theatre Official Opening

2 September 2016

A wonderful day was had by all yesterday at the opening of our beautiful and unique Tara Theatre, with speeches from Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of Wandsworth, Councillor Richard Field and Joyce Wilson from Arts Council England.

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1 September 2016


Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, officially opens Tara Theatre, a new state of the art home in South London for the acclaimed Tara Arts, the oldest diverse multicultural theatre company in the UK, today, Thursday 1 September 2016.

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In The Guardian - How We Staged Shakespeare

23 March 2016

As part of The Guardian's 'How We Staged Shakespeare' series they asked our Artistic Director, Jatinder Verma, to write about Tara Arts' Troilus & Cressida.

Jatinder discusses the production's reference to the breakup of the former Yugoslavia, and how the delivery of Shakespeare’s words is still bedevilled by conventions.

Read the article here.

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Asian Theatre in Britain - Jatinder joins the discussion on BBC Radio 3

Friday, 20 November, 2015

On Sunday 22 November at 6.45pm, BBC Radio 3 our Artistic Director, Jatinder Verma, featured in Making an Entrance – Asian Theatre in Britain.

In the programme, Sarfraz Manzoor charts the history of Asian theatre in Britain, a tale which ranges from The Bayaderes, 'Priestesses of Pondicherry' - temple dancers who came to London from India in the 1830s, through to the current generation of actors, directors and writers.

Sarfraz examines how political and social unrest in the 1970s sparked the founding of the first high-profile Asian theatre company in Britain, and looks at how the 21st century has seen an increasingly wide range of work? From controversial plays and new, sometimes radical versions of classic texts to Bollywood-inspired musicals.

Other contributors include Hanif Kureishi, Tanika Gupta, Ayub Khan-Din, Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti and Sudha Bhuchar.






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