Drama~Sutra is a maiden initiative of Nautanki Theatre Company to contribute contemporary and socially relevant plays to Australian stage and literature.
The entire project runs for a year yielding a number of Australian plays about South Asian diaspora. Project is divided into 4 phases i.e. ground work, play development, reading and producing. After playreading, Nautanki company would like to work further with the playwrights to develop the plays with an aim to produce, if possible.
For the year one (2017-18), Nautanki company will be running this playwriting program under the guidance of John Suter Linton to develop three Australian plays about South Asian Diaspora.
Bellow Australian playwrights from South Asian background will contribute to this program.
Sonal Moore: Playwright
Sonal is a lawyer by day, a writer by night and she knows which she prefers. She was born in Melbourne, her parents are from India who moved to Australia in 1959. Sonal has been writing short plays since 2004 and has since that time had her plays regularly produced in festivals around Australia, in the USA, India, Dubai and France. In 2010, her play “The Shadows Within” won best production and people’s choice in the inaugural Short+Sweet festival in Delhi. In 2013, a film based on the play won a highly commended in the North West Film Festival, NSW. Sonal’s play “White Weddings” was performed as part of Brand Spanking New in 2009 and explored the feelings of an Australian born Indian girl the night before her arranged marriage in India.
Roanna Gonsalves: Playwright
Roanna came to Australia as an international student from Mumbai, India. She is the author of The Permanent Resident, an acclaimed collection of short fiction published by UWAP in November 2016. Her four-part series of radio documentaries, On the tip of a billion tongues, commissioned and broadcast by Earshot, ABC RN, is an acerbic socio-political portrayal of contemporary India through its multilingual writers. She is a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Endeavour Award, and is co-founder co-editor of Southern Crossings.
Roanna has a PhD from the University of New South Wales, and has been facilitating and teaching creative writing workshops for all ages within communities as well as at schools and in the university sector for many years.
Kevin Bathman: Playwright
Malaysian-born and Sydney-based, Kevin Bathman is a designer, storyteller, curator and social change advocate. Using the arts as a catalyst for change, Kevin co-founded an initiative called Carnival of the Bold in 2013. Showcasing artists that use their craft to enrich cultural identity, the movement explores shared values and empowers communities. With an Indian-Chinese ancestry, Kevin has been researching the history, connections and cross-cultural stories between the Chinese and Indian culture for his project, The Chindian Diaries.
Neel Banerjee: Program Co-ordinator
Neel Banerjee (Full name Bengali: ইন্দ্রনীল ব্যানার্জী) is an acclaimed Indian-Australian thespian, writer, producer and director, has been actively involved within the Australian-Indian theatre scene for more than a decade. He has formal training in both analytical and physical theatre, Tagore Song, Tabla, Indian folk instruments and Chhau Dance and has performed interstate and overseas. Neel’s theatre ambitions lie in the subject matter engaging abstract pleasure and spirituality. He founded Nautanki Theatre (www.nautanki.org.au) in 2012. Nautanki Theatre is a Western Sydney based independent company committed to provide a platform of cultural exchange between migrants from the South Asian Countries and mainstream Australian audiences. Nautanki Theatre’s productions maintain authenticity by showcasing relevant societal issues highlighting the dynamic and evolving culture that has become a trademark of Australia.
Neel is an engineer by profession, studied Bachelor of Engineering in India and later completed his Post Graduate Degree in Business IT from Sydney University.