Kultar’s Mime: Play depicting hidden story of 1984

| Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | 5 May 2016 | Asia Samachar |

Kultars-Mime-Play-Malaysia1605b2“Kultar’s Mime”, a unique theatre play by US-based director and playwright J. Mehr Kaur, depicting the 1984 Delhi sectarian violence, heads to Malaysia later this month with shows planned for Malacca, Johor Bahru, Ipoh, Penang and Kuala Lumpur.

The play have performed some 60 times in the US, England, Scotland, Canada, and India.

The cast includes three Boston-area actors – Ross Magnant, Ben Gutman and Sydney Grant – as well as Cassandra Rose Blaise DiMarco from New York and Rose Fieschko from Portland, Oregon.

Performances are scheduled in Melaka (May 20 and 21), Johor Bahru (May 22), Kuala Lumpur (May 23 and 29), Ipoh (May 25) and Penang (May 27).

“Kultar’s Mime” blends painting, poetry, theater and music to tell the stories of Sikh children who survived the Delhi Massacre in the wake of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s assassination. The play is adapted from the poem “Kultar’s Mime” by Sarbpreet Singh and incorporates text from “In The City Of Slaughter” by Haim Bialik, according to a statement from the team.

The play was presented at British Parliament and Scottish Parliament, and was featured at the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions in Salt Lake City, it added.

The play is presented by the Sikh Research Institute (SikhRI), a US-based nonprofit organisation with a mission to provide educational resources to Sikhs to lead a Guru-inspired life.

The Malaysia “Kultar’s Mime” tour is organised by the Malaysian Young Sikh Leaders Initiative (MYSLI), a wing of the Coalition of Malaysian Sikh Organisations (CMSO).

“This is a story of four young Sikh children who witnessed their family members killed in sectarain violence. They then depicted their memories through paintings,” said CMSO secretary-general Autar Singh.

Asked why the show was brought to Malaysia, he tells Asia Samachar: “It depicts a part of our recent history which many of younger generation are unaware of. Also, they have been getting good reviews. This is something we have not seen before in Malaysia.”

Ticket prices are based on venues. Early bird discounts available till 15 May. For tickets go to www.kultarsmime.asia

In addition to the shows, the team will also be conducting Theatre Workshops for theatre enthusiasts at Penang on 28 May and at Kuala Lumpur on 29 May (9am to 12 noon).

Kultar’s Mime shows in Malaysia:

20/5 at 3pm Melaka
21/5 at 3pm Melaka
22/5 at 6pm JB
23/5 at 7pm Petaling Jaya
25/5 at 7pm Ipoh
27/5 at 7pm Penang
29/5 at 6pm KL

Book tickets here (http://www.kultarsmime.asia)



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