Tara Arts Theatre Company (934 words)

Literary/ Cultural Context Essay

Steve Barfield (University of Human Development, Suleymanyia, Iraqi Kurdistan)
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Tara Arts, led by founder and artistic director Jatinder Verma, are the celebrated pioneers of South Asian theatre in Britain. South Asian immigrants founded Tara Arts in 1977, as a response to the racist murder of Gurdeep Singh, during a riot in Southall in 1976. At the time, there were no British South Asian theatre groups, despite India’s ancient dramatic traditions. Verma said: “Our impetus [at the time] was to find a voice.”

Tara’s initial work was often naturalistic, concerned with raising the community awareness of racism and taking a critical stance toward racism in British society. Their emphasis on touring also developed early, and has made them one of the most travelled of all small British theatre …

Citation: Barfield, Steve. "Tara Arts Theatre Company". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 September 2004 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=1510, accessed 03 August 2020.]

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