Story by Jack Foley
TARA Arts, the London-based theatre company which draws on Indian
theatre-craft, has invited British theatres, companies and indivuduals
to join its appeal for funds to aid the victims of the Asian Tsunami
The appeal is particularly focusing on the millions of children
and young people in South Asia whose lives have been dramatically
altered by the devastating earthquake and tidal wave on December
Explains Jatinder Verma, artistic director of Tara Arts: "This
South Asian tragedy will have touched many of us personally, whether
as tourists to some of the most glorious spots on earth or as
members of the global extended family.
"We urge the theatre community in Britain to join us in
enabling survivors to begin their journeys out of this epic flood."
The arts group has decided to issue an appeal rather than put
on a charity gala in view of the urgent need to get funds to the
Therefore, anyone wishing to contribute
should send donations to: Tara Arts Tsunami Appeal c/o
Guy Chapman Associates, 33 Southampton Street, WC2E 7HE.
Please make cheque donations payable directly to DEC
(Disaster Emergency Committee).
All funds received will be sent directly to the Disaster Emergency
Committee for onward distribution to the many aid organisations
working on the ground in South Asia.
The Boxing Day Tsunami is now believed to have killed almost
The biggest task now facing the rescue operation is to prevent
further people from dying due to the lack of services, supplies
and medical facilities in the affected regions.
Tara Arts was launched in London in 1977 and produces theatre
for small, medium and large-scale theatre houses as well as schools.
Drawing on Indian theatre-craft, its production style is visually
dynamic, marrying texts with music, movement and costume.