Asian actor puts a Midlands spin on modern Romeo

by LAUREN CODLING AN ASIAN actor has urged young people to engage in the arts as he praised drama for changing his life. Bally Gill, 25, stars as Romeo in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s (RSC) current production of Romeo And Juliet. The Coventry-born actor did not have access to a drama department while at school, […]

London’s Alchemy festival to feature top British-Asian stars

by LAUREN CODLING AN ANNUAL arts festival celebrating the “unique” links between the UK and south Asia returns to London next month. The Alchemy Festival at the Southbank Centre will feature dance performances, comedy, DJs, music, food and film. Rachel Harris, the creative producer at the Southbank Centre, told Eastern Eye that the festival is  […]

Pakistani-American brings politics to NY’s Met rooftop

A Pakistani-American sculptor brings dark times, science fiction and a desire to provoke to New York’s famed Metropolitan Museum of Art for this year’s rooftop installation overlooking the Manhattan skyline. Huma Bhabha’s We Come in Peace depicts a towering 12-foot (3.6-meter), five-headed figure weighing 1.5 tons and an 18-foot long prostrate figure covered in a […]

Queen Victoria exhibition demonstrates UK-India link

By Amit Roy A new exhibition at Kensington Palace, Victoria Revealed, shows how closely the histories of Britain and India are intertwined. This will run for the rest of 2018 but next year there will be much more on Queen Victoria because 24 May 1819 will mark the 200th anniversary of her birth. It is […]

New photo exhibition highlights Bradford’s Pakistani community

by LAUREN CODLING A NEW exhibition has opened in Britain’s northern city of Bradford that showcases its Pakistani community during the past four decades. Through My Father’s Lens by Nabeelah Hafeez, uses photographs and words to throw a spotlight on the region’s Asian migrants. Showcasing photography and poetry from both herself and her late father […]

Actress Neerja Naik on her lead role in the Captive Queen

by LAUREN CODLING A STORY set in Mughal India, which has been reimagined for the first time in more than 300 years, is currently showing at a London theatre. The Captive Queen is a modern- day version of John Dryden’s 1676 tragic-drama Aureng-zebe, a story set in Mughal India and loosely based on the relationship […]

ENO’s Sanskrit opera celebrates Gandhi

by LAUREN CODLING AN OPERA themed around Indian freedom icon Mahatma Gandhi’s early years in South Africa hopes to entice diverse audiences to become future performers, the production’s director has said. Satyagraha focuses on Gandhi’s journey as a young man as he develops the idea of non-violent protests. Composed by Philip Glass, the opera was […]

Review: There or Here at Park Theatre, London

There or Here  Park Theatre, Finsbury Park Director: Vik Sivalingam Starring: Lucy Fenton, Manish Gandhi, Ursula Mohan, Chris Nayak and Rakhee Thakrar By Lauren Codling AS a couple converse in a hotel room abroad after dark, commenting on their sleep deprivation due to the time difference and change in environment, the audience can already begin to sense the […]

New dance show revolves around untold tale of Indian soldiers’ sacrifices

A DANCE production based on a “major literary marker in Indian literature” begins touring in theatres across India and the UK this month. The Troth is based on Usne Kaha Tha, the first Hindi short story written in 1915 by writer and scholar Chandradhar Sharma Guleri. The project is a new creation by Akademi, an […]

British Museum’s new gallery celebrates diaspora artefacts

By Lauren Codling A NEW collection of historical treasures from the subcontinent has opened at the British Museum in London. The Sir Joseph Hotung Gallery of China and South Asia underwent a major refurbishment before welcoming visitors last Thursday (14). Imma Ramos, a curator of the south Asia collection at the British Museum, showed Eastern […]