South Asian Theatre Festival

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Country and Region United StatesNew Jersey
Type of Festival Drama
Location of Festival Newark, New Jersey, USA
Festival Contact Information

Epic Actors’ Workshop / Mrittika, Inc.
5 Sojourner Way
Old Bridge, NJ 08857 USA
Phone: +01 732-561-3080
Fax: +01 732-561-3080

Festival Description

In November 2011 the South Asian Theatre Festival will be celebrating the global impact and legacy of Rabindranath Tagore and the 150 year anniversary of his birth. A prolific poet, writer, song writer, Tagore was the first person of Asian descent to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. The festival takes place at the Victoria Theatre at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, New Jersey.

The inaugural edition of the South Asian Theatre Festival took place in September of 2008 featuring national and international works including a ground-breaking performance of “Beyond the Mirror”, a collaboration between US and Afghan actors.

Festival Dates November 12 - 13, 2011
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Festival Events:

Programming 2011 (Celebrating the global impact and legacy of Rabindranath Tagore, marking the 150th anniversary of his birth):
  • Rabi Thakur (a ballet on Tagore)
    Produced by Chhandayan
    Saturday, November 12 at 7:30 - Victoria Theater
    • Rabi Thakur, produced by Chhandayan, is a ballet depicting special moments from the eventful life of Rabindranath Tagore, one of the most prolific creative figures of all time. Composed and directed by Samir Chatterjee, the piece is a meeting of Indian and western traditions. Contemporary Indian choreography blends with ballet. Both a live contemporary orchestra and a classical Indian ensemble accompany the dance. Free post-performance dance party/reception immediately following the performance.
  • Sacrifice
    Epic Actors’ Workshop
    Sunday, November 13 at 3:00 - Victoria Theater
    • Although written in 1890, Tagore’s Sacrifice, a drama in English based on the Bengali play, Bishorjon is still relevant today. Among the many questions addressed are: Does the state have the right to control religion? Should blood sacrifice be tolerated in a modern society? Masks and stylized costumes elevate the dynamic conflicts in this new and poetic translation of an old work. Free post-performance panel discussion featuring Tagore scholars from around the world.
  • Newark Museum events in association with the NJPAC South Asian Theater Festival
    • The Global Art of Patchwork: Africa and Asia, showcasing Gujarati Chakla as well as dance costumes from Tibet and Nigeria, works drawn from the Museum’s holdings.
    • Gods, Guides and Sacred Symbols of India Celebrate some of the hallowed figures of South Asian religious traditions through viewing their likenesses in stone and metal sculpture and colorful album paintings. Featuring two recent acquisitions, bejeweled crowns fashioned to adorn sculptures of gods. Made in Tamil Nadu, a south eastern state in India. Visit Newark Museum’s website:


Other Sources:

  • South Asian Theater Festival at NJPAC: 2010 Highlights;
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