A Tale of Two Sisters: Shakti and Seva

photo by Casipillai Designer Sarees

photo by Casipillai Designer Sarees

A Tale of Two Sisters: Shakti and Seva.

Written by Sharmila Chauhan
Directed by Pooja Ghai

Exploring the birth of the ‘modern’ sari as a representation of female emancipation; Shakti and Seva explores the relationship between society’s ‘good girl’ her sexually free, autonomous sister.

Traversing 1800 Bengal, to modern day India – this piece charts the seminal history of the feminist movement in India as it begins in the Tagore household and asks what happens when a nation can not agree on what a woman is?

Join us for a rehearsed reading:

Sunday 1st March, 3pm

Rich Mix, Bethnal Green Road, London


Ravin Ganatra

Balvinder Sopal

Harvey Virdi





Sharmila is playwright and prose writer. Plays include: The Husbands, an exploration of polyandry and matriarchy, (UK tour including Soho theatre (Kali and Pentabus Theatre 2014)) and Born Again/Purnajanam (Southwark Playhouse, Kali Theatre, Jan 2012), 10 Women (with Bethan Dear, Avignon 2014), A Little Piece, commissioned by the Maritime Museum (Nov 2014) Make and Model (RADAR Festival Bush Theatre, Nov 2014).

She is currently working on her novel Seven Mirrors and is Artist in Residence at the Tagore Centre London and a curator for SAWCC London.

Fascinated by the quiet meaning in people’s lives: her work is often a transgressive meditation on love, sex and exploration of the diaspora. She lives in London with her husband, son and cat Tashi. www.sharmilathewriter.com @sci_literati


Pooja Ghai: Assistant Director:  The Infidel (dir. – Kerry Michael & David Baddiel, Theatre Royal Stratford East), The Memory of Water (dir. – Nikolai Foster, New Vic Stoke), My Name is…(observing Philip Osment, Arcola)

Directing: Accordion Shop (Leicester Curve and Warick Arts Centre, 13 (Corbett Theatre), Say Something, Numbers of Memory (RichMix/Tamasha) Sderot Cinema, The Tune is Always Better on the Outside, Oysters, Mirad a Boy from Bosnia (The Bedford), Guess Who’s Coming… (Theatre Royal Stratford East), The Difference (Soho & Rich Mix), Bobby & Gina (Pavilion), Female of the Species (Global Café), Top Girls (Edinburgh Fringe), Metamorphosis, Getting On (Burton-Taylor Theatre).


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