South Asian Theatre Festival 2021SAVE THE DATE


We are proud to present the 6th Annual South Asian Theatre Festival.

It’s December and  we’re just getting out of lockdown.

Covid compelled us to postpone the festival from August to December. But now we’re excited to be back.

To bask under the spotlight…. To enjoy the applause of an appreciative audience….

For the first time in the history of SATF, we present three plays by independent theatre groups.

Themed on ‘Partition and Diaspora’, we acknowledge the 75th anniversary of the biggest human migration in South Asia and the history of the world. 

Each of these diverse and poignant short plays will be performed in multi-lingual formats and will be followed by a Q&A session with the Directors, offering insights into the making of the plays. 

The three one-act plays will be performed at the Lennox Theatre, Parramatta on Thursday, 16th December and Friday, 17th December, 2021.

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About the plays

Language: Kannada/Hindi/English
Writer & Director: Sudarshan Narayana
Presented by: Anivaasi Arts Collective

Sameer arrives in Bengaluru from New Delhi to take up his first job, fresh out of University. In the aftermath of Abrogation of Article 370 in India, he is faced with the challenges and ground realities of finding a place to rent. He quickly realises his place in the scheme of things. As it turns out, there’s one obstacle that remains insurmountably tied to his identity. The line of partition has moved from the border into the nation, dividing its own people.

BAAZIGAR (The Trickster)
Language: Hindustani/Bangali
Writer: Uzma Gillani & Neel Banerjee
Direction & Design: Neel Banerjee
Presented by: Nautanki Theatre

At a roadside in India, a trickster wraps up his performance. A group of people approach and confront him and challenge his identity. The aggression represents a new fascist trend that has become common in parts of today’s India. The play reflects the present reality of a common man’s life on the street. A story of resistance and conquest and the message that ‘the show will go on’.

MANN BATWARA (A Heart Divided)
Language: Urdu/Punjabi
Writer: Rakia Rasa
Direction: Mussawar Chughtai
Presented by: Kalakar Productions

An old man walks up to a tea stall at a train platform in present day Pakistan. He has travelled from the other side of the border. He is on a quest to look for someone that he knew a lifetime ago. The ‘chaiwala’; the tea stall owner is also an old man, about the same age as the traveller. They share their stories with each other, it turns out that they may have more in common than they realise. The play focusses on the partition of the two countries and the pain and anguish of separation of a generation.

About SATF

Nautanki has curated the South Asian Theatre Festival for six years and continues to provide a  common performing platform for diverse theatre groups, to help them showcase talent while encouraging cross-cultural and inter-language exchange. 

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