Three Sat Under the Banyan Tree
Three Sat Under the Banyan Tree

Three Sat Under the Banyan Tree

Animal tales brought vibrantly to life with masks, movement and music

Wed 20 - Sat 23 February 2019, 11am & 3pm


Jatinder Verma Director

Born in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania and grew up in Nairobi, Kenya. Migrated to Britain in 1968. Co-founded Tara Arts in 1977 and remains its Artistic Director, developing a unique “Binglish” cross-cultural theatre style, where Asian theatre sensibilities meet European drama.

In 1990, Jatinder became the first non-white director at the National Theatre, staging his own adaptation of Molière’s Tartuffe. This was followed by the first-ever staging at the National of the Sanskrit classic The Little Clay Cart.

2002 saw the completion of a five-year cycle of work for Tara, staging Journey to the West - a large-scale trilogy of plays tracing the story of Asian migration and settlement in the West over the 20th century.

Marked Tara’s 30th anniversary with a startling version of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, conceiving Prospero as a fundamentalist bent on revenge who gains redemption. Returned to the National in 2009 to direct Hanif Kureishi’s The Black Album; in 2012 directed a new version by Hardeep Singh Kohli of Moliere’s The Miser followed, in 2013, with the premiere of a new play from the United States, Wajahat Ali’s The Domestic Crusaders. In 2015 directed a touring version of Macbeth, casting the Witches as Indian hijras (transsexuals & transgenders).

Led the renovation of Tara’s home in south London to create Britain’s first multicultural theatre, fusing Edwardian brick and Indian wood to create a distinctive "Binglish" theatre building. Opened in September 2016.

Jatinder holds Honorary Doctorates from the universities of Exeter, York and De Montfort, Leicester and is an Honorary Fellow of Rose Bruford College and a Fellow of Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. 

In 2017, Jatinder was awarded an MBE for his services to diversity and Tara Arts.


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