Suba Das on Sukanya, Ravi Shankar’s posthumous “gift to the world”

By Reena Kumar IT IS NO mean feat directing the world premier of the late Pandit Ravi Shankar’s opera, which was penned in the last few years of the sitar maestro’s life. The task has fallen to Suba Das, associate director of the Curve in Leicester, who has drawn on the pop concert aesthetic to […]

Nina Wadia: “British Asians are in favour right now”

By Reena Kumar Goodness Gracious Me actress Nina Wadia has urged budding artists to “get out there” and make their move in the creative world because British Asians are “in favour” right now. The former Eastenders star who was promoting her appearance in the new British romantic comedy Finding Fatimah, told Eastern Eye that there […]

Gurinder Chadha reveals inspiration behind Viceroy’s House

By Reena Kumar BRITISH film director Gurinder Chadha has spoken about the inspiration behind her latest period drama that centres around the final months of British rule in India. Speaking at an event in Parliament about the 1947 Partition of India, Chadha revealed that she was inspired to tell the story in her newly released […]

London book fair puts spotlight on India

The annual London Book Fair, which ran from Tuesday (14) to Friday (17) at the Olympia Exhibition Centre, opened a Spotlight on India series as part of the UK-India Year of Culture celebrations in the two countries. The spotlight marked the first event as part of [email protected], the official set of events being coordinated by the […]

Two Indian authors on Wellcome Book Prize 2017 shortlist

Two Indian-American authors have been shortlisted for the 30,000 pound Wellcome Book Prize, which celebrates fiction and non-fiction works engaged with the topics of health and medicine. Siddhartha Mukherjee is on the list of the annual prize for his study of genetics and mental health in his book The Gene. He is joined by fellow […]

Ready or Not play explores climate of distrust towards Muslims

LISTENING to the onslaught of headlines about Muslims in the news took its toll on writer Naylah Ahmed, but it also stimulated her creative juices and provided the inspiration behind her latest play. The Birmingham based playwright explained that Ready or Not delves into important issues because it is trying to respond to what has […]

Riz Ahmed warns of consequences of lack of diversity on screen

STAR WARS actor Riz Ahmed has warned that more youngsters could be lured into extremism if the media continues to fail representing Asian and black communities on screen. The British star, from north-west London, said the lack of counter narratives in TV and film was isolating young people from ethnic minority backgrounds. Speaking at Channel […]

Aakash Odedra explores refugee crisis in new project

It was a visit to a refugee camp in Athens that sparked the inspiration behind Aakash Odedra’s latest project. In #JeSuis, the choreographer, who is classically trained in the Indian dance forms of kathak and bharatnatyam, delves into the crisis facing thousands of families who have made perilous journeys across the Mediterranean sea into Europe […]

Theatre company reaches out with play on Asian drag community

An upcoming play exploring the British Asian drag community, uncovering the untold stories of men who don female personas by night, will be the company’s most provocative yet, its artistic director said. Miss Meena and the Masala Queens follows the story of drag queen Miss Meena, whose nightclub has fallen on hard times. Just as […]


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