Celebrating Rabindranath Tagore’s 150th Birthday: At the movies

Courtesy of our friends at the Tagore Society:

Two movies will be shown at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Law Building, Lower Level, 1001 Bissonnet).


Rabindranath Tagore: A Documentary by Satyajit Ray
Friday, Jun 10, 2011; 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM; Admission: $7

Created to celebrate the centenary of poet Rabindranath Tagore in May 1961,
the documentary Rabindranath Tagore comprises dramatized episodes from his
life, plus archived images and documents. Satyajit Ray has been reported to
have said, “Ten or twelve minutes of it are among the most moving and
powerful things that I have produced.”
A reception in the museum galleries follows the screening.
Introduced by Chitra Divakaruni.
More Information at:

Charulata (The Lonely Wife): Satyajit Ray Film based on Tagore novella
Friday, Jun 17, 2011; 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM; Admission: $7

A beautiful, lonely woman (Madhabi Mukherjee) in 19th-century Calcutta
drifts into an affair after her newspaper-magnate husband (Sailen Mukherjee)
asks one of his relatives (Soumitra Chatterjee) to keep her company. When
tragedy occurs, the husband realizes what is truly lost. Based on a novella
by Nobel Prize-winning poet Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941).
More Information at:

Shunya Auditioning Sunday 6/12 and Thursday 6/16

We have added an additional day for auditions for “The Prophet and the Poet” and “Partition.”  We will still be auditioning this Sunday (June 12) at the Anjali Center 2-4 pm, and in addition we will also hold auditions at the Anjali Center Thursday 6/16/11 at 7 pm.

The Anjali Center for Performing Arts is at 2615 Cordes Drive, Sugar Land, TX 77479.

Shunya Auditions!

Shunya is excited to be announcing auditions for our next TWO productions. Joint auditions for the next two productions will be held on Sunday, June 12, 2011 from 2 – 4 pm at the Anjali Center for Performing Arts.

Our Sept/October 2011 production:

The Prophet and the Poet
A play by Vijay Padaki, Directed by Yaksha Bhatt

Performance Dates: Sept 30 – October 9, 2011

The Prophet and the Poetis based on the exchange of letters and articles between Mahatma Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore over 25 years, with the Indian freedom struggle as the backdrop. The letters reveal how the two personalities differed greatly on many important issues while maintaining great respect and admiration for each other.


Three Actors Rediscovering Indian History (ACTORS ARE NOT PLAYING GANDHI OR TAGORE)





Our Jan/Feb 2012 production:


A play written by Ira Hauptman
Directed by Sara Kumar

Performance Dates: Jan 20 – Feb 5, 2012

Two geniuses. Two worlds. One maddening riddle. In 1913, a young, self-taught mathematical genius in India named Srinivasa Ramanujan is invited to England to work with G. H. Hardy, a Cambridge professor. But just as mathematics draws these two men from vastly different cultures together, it also possesses the power to destroy them. A riveting fantasy based on real events


Srinivasa Ramanujan, A mathematician from India; he ages from 26 to 32 during the play

G.H. Hardy, Professor of Mathematics, Trinity College, Cambridge University (London); he ages from 36 to 42

Alfred Billington, Professor of Classics, Trinity College, Cambridge University (London); early-mid 60s

Pierre De Fermat, Seventeenth-century French mathematician; mid-late 40s

London Police Officer, 40s-50s, can be played by the actor who plays Fermat

The Anjali Center for Performing Arts is at 2615 Cordes Drive, Sugar Land, TX 77479.

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Shunya Monthly Play Readings

We are coming up on our next monthly play reading on Saturday, 5/21/11. If you are interested in South Asian theatre, this is a great way to get involved with Shunya. To learn more about our play readings, send me an email at
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