Kiwi-In­dian ex­pe­ri­ence ex­plored

Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - HUGH COLLINS

De­spite be­ing a Kiwi Sananda Chat­ter­jee still gets told to go back to where she came from.

The In­dian-born Auck­lan­der has co-writ­ten Swab­hoomi: Bor­rowed Earth, an orig­i­nal play which ex­plores the 150 year his­tory of In­di­ans liv­ing in New Zealand.

Set to be per­formed by Auck­land-based Prayas Theatre Com­pany, the show mixes fact with fic­tion and shares var­i­ous sto­ries of the In­dian ex­pe­ri­ence in New Zealand.

Chat­ter­jee, who moved to New Zealand 15 years ago, said Prayas re­garded the play as an ex­er­cise in re­search­ing the his­tory of In­di­ans in New Zealand.

‘‘We’ve talked about mi­gra­tion in kind of an al­most ro­man­ti­cised way but we wanted to get to the ground re­al­i­ties and find the his­tory of In­di­ans in New Zealand which you don’t re­ally hear about a lot,’’ Chat­ter­jee said.

De­spite New Zealand be­ing home, Chat­ter­jee said still ex­pe­ri­ences dis­crim­i­na­tion.

As a re­sult Swab­hoomi aims to show that while ev­ery­one may come from dif­fer­ent back­grounds, es­sen­tially we are all the same, Chat­ter­jee said.

‘‘We do the same things, we might have slightly dif­fer­ent food pref­er­ences but we have the same goals in life,’’ she said.

Swab­hoomi: Bor­rowed Earth per­forms at TAPAC in Western Springs from May 25 to June 4.

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Prayas theatre com­pany spent time re­search­ing the his­tory of In­di­ans liv­ing in New Zealand.

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