Launched in 1977 as the first Asian theatre company, Tara is widely-acknowledged as a torch-bearer,making a vibrant multi-culturalism accessible to all. "Tartuffe…brought the tradition of Western drama full circle" Asahi Evening News, Tokyo "Exodus is...infused with human warmth ...immensely touching and often funny..." The Times
Jatinder Verma, Tara's Artistic Director, has over the past 23 years developed a unique concept of "Binglish Theatre" - theatre infused with the languages, colour, music and sensibilities of Asians in Britain.
He was the first Asian to have been invited to direct at the Royal National Theatre in 1990 (Tartuffe), which led to the several other productions. In 1999, he received an Honorary Doctorate in the Arts from De Montfort University, Leicester, for his contribution to Asian Theatre in the UK. Tara Arts has performed to over half-a-million people around Britain and the World since 1977 Tara's audience ranges from 8 - 80: children and young people to students and adult professionals. The company's audiences are among the most culturally-diverse in contemporary theatre Tara works with between 7-10,000 children and young people each year. The company stages between 125-150 performances annually. The company tours on average 15 weeks annually in Britain Tara's projects exploit the latest multi-media resources - Radio, TV, World-Wide Web - to reach the widest audiences Regular, high-profile media coverage.Tara Arts tours extensively around Britain and over-seas. To date, the company has toured Japan, Aus-tralia,
New Zealand,Canada, Holland, Spain, Turkey, Egypt, Ireland,Singapore and Hong Kong.
It has led to the rise of individual creative talents such as Sanjeev Bhasker, co-author and performer in the BBC's hit TV comedy series, Goodness Gracious Me; Ayub Khan Din, author of the phenomenally successful film & stage-play East is East; and Sudha Bhuchar and Shaheen Khan, authors of the BBC Radio soap-opera, Girlies. Its pioneering role in contemporary British theatre has paved the way for the development of other Asian theatre companies, including Tamasha, Kali and Man Mela.