Kali WritersWriters on Kali's Residential Summer School

Sharmila Chauhan
Purnjanam/Born Again  Southwark Playhouse
The Husbands On Tour in 2015.
Sharmila is a playwright and prose writer. Her first short play Purnjanam/Born Again came out of Kali’s Masterclasses on Tagore and was shown as a double bill at Southwark Playhouse. Kali produced her first full length play The Husbands with Pentabus for a UK tour including Soho theatre. She has also written 10 Women (with Bethan Dear, Avignon 2014), A Little Piece, commissioned by the Maritime Museum (Nov 2014) Make and Model (RADAR Festival Bush Theatre, Nov 2014). Her film Girl Like You was commissioned by Film London (2015) and her short Make and Model is currently in production. She is currently working on a full length screen play: Best of All Worlds. Sharmila is also currently working on her novel Seven Mirrors and is Artist in Residence at the Tagore Centre London and a curator for the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective SAWCC London.  She has been shortlisted for the Asian New Writer award (2009 and 2012). Her short stories have been published in print and online including: Tell Tales Vol 2, Happy Birthday to Me and Word Masala, Pratalipi and Five. She is currently working on her novel Seven Mirrors. www.sharmilathewriter.com @sci_literati

Satinder Kaur Chohan
Kali produced Satinder’s first play ‘Zameen’ and co-produced her second ‘KabbadiKabaddiKabaddi’. Since working with Kali, she has completed an Emerging Writer's Residency at the Traverse Theatre in Scotland, a Writer's Attachment at Hampstead Theatre, where she also wrote a play for Heat & Light, Hampstead’s Youth Theatre. Her play Lotus Beauty  was a commissioned by Tamasha Theatre and she was the recipient of the 2013 Adopt A Playwright Award.

Sayan Kent
Sayan is a playwright, composer and actor. Kali has presented Sayan’s work in readings and produced and toured her first full length play Another Paradise which went on to be nominated for The John Whiting Award. Her recent comedy my Big Fat Cowpat Wedding had a sellout tour last year and is due to return in 2016. She has also worked as a director, dramaturg and as a visiting lecturer in playwriting, an acting tutor and run master classes in musical theatre. One of her short plays is being performed at Women Redressed, Arcola Theatre March 2016 and she is currently writing a screenplay for ChorMedia, a new musical and a play about Kasturba Gandhi.

Sharon Raizada
Black-i Oval House Theatre October 2010
Black-i was Sharon’s first full length play. It was given a rehearsed reading at Kali Theatre’s Talk Back Festival at Rich Mix, London in May 2009 at the culmination of Kali’s Writer Development Programme. She is a graduate of the MA in Playwriting at Birmingham University. Her short play After was presented at Hampstead Theatre in February 2010 in Angle Theatre's Start Night, QuadrANGLE. Her story Lady Play was broadcast on Radio 4 as the Afternoon Reading in Opening Lines 2007 and she has produced award-winning short films. She has attended the Critical Mass Writing Programme at the Royal Court Theatre and was short-listed for Theatre 503’s Five.

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Bettina Gracias
Gandhi and Coconuts Arcola Theatre 2010
Singh Tangos
Tour 2003
Bettina’s first play Mangos and Sacher Torte was read at Soho Theatre and presented by Kali as part of More Dramatic Encounters in October 1997. Paines Plough presented Indian Moon, a 30 minute piece, at the Bridewell Theatre as part of the Wild Lunch series. In January 1999, she was invited to a BBC New Writers workshop to develop ideas with producers and directors which resulted in BBC Radio 4 commissioning Goan Flame. She has since written 6 other plays for Radio 4 and the World Service, including an adaptation of Singh Tangos which was produced for the stage by Kali Theatre. She has also written a one off drama 'The Wedding Party' for BBC TV. Her latest stage play Other was read at Soho Theatre and was short-listed for the Verity Bargate Award. Bettina is currently working on a new radio play and a new stage play at present. She has been funded by the Arts council to work on her own play Tibet House. Bettina has written 10 plays for radio 4. Her latest one My Name is Iqbal Mesih won the Clarion Award for best radio drama last year and her radio series for BBC radio Berkshire The Plot won the Sony gold award.

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Sonali Bhattacharyya
A Thin Red Line Community Tour 2007
Sonali has written extensively for the BBC, including commissions for Eastenders, Holby City, Doctors and Casualty. She has written for the Afternoon Play and Woman’s Hour on Radio Four and numerous episodes for Silver Street on the BBC Asian Network. Her theatre commissions include A Thin Red Line for Kali Theatre, the Birmingham Rep and Black Country Touring, These Four Streets for the Birmingham Rep, and the South Bank Show Award nominated White Open Spaces for Pentabus Theatre Company. She's currently working on a new screenplay for Eyeline Productions and a radio play for the BBC.

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Azma Dar
Paper Thin On Tour February/March 2006
Azma studied Art at Central Saint Martin’s, and Literature and History of Art with the Open University. Kali presented Azma’s first play, Chaos, in 2005, followed by Paper Thin in 2006. Since then she has written several theatre pieces and also written for the screen and radio. Work includes Ode To My Sisters (Images of Elsewhere), The Crossing (Pointed Arrow), Closing Time (Conflict Zone), The Escape (BBC Asian Network), Reversion (Central School of Speech and Drama). An extract from her novel, The secret Arts, won the New Ventures Writing Award for Fiction. Azma has also developed work with BBC Comedy Drama and ran writing workshops with community groups. She is working on a feature film commission, a new play and a novel.  Azma was a writer for Kali's new project, TWELVE, and her short play, Window, inspired by the work of Alfred Hitchcock, was performed at The Curve in Leicester as part of the Hitchcock Season.

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Sonia Likhari
Behna (Sisters)Kali Futures 2005
Sonia took a sabbatical from her full time legal practice in 2004 to focus on a writing and performance career. Acting experience includes ‘Chopra Town’ (BBC/Hat Trick) and ‘The Trouble With Asian Men’ (Tamasha, Soho Theatre and tour). ‘Behna (Sisters)’ her first play was developed with Kali and originally performed at Soho Theatre as a workshop production. In 2010 Behna was presented as a site-specific co-production between Kali, Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Black Country Touring. Sonia spent a year with Tamasha as Artist in Residence during which time she wrote a new play ‘Eyrie’. Set in 1984 against the background of ‘Operation Bluestar’ this play is still in development. She has written a number of episodes for BBC Asian Network’s ‘Silver Street’, an episode of the new children’s' programme 'Planet Ajay' (Foundation TV/CBBC) and co-wrote with Rifco Arts’ ‘Where’s My Desi Soulmate?’ She is currently under commission by the REP and Kali to write a new play ‘Bazaar’.

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Yasmin Whittaker-Khan
Bells On Tour 2005
Recent work includes Love Stomp, Pleasure and Pain, Lucy (with Kadam Dance Co). Yasmin has been developing a new play for Theatre Royal Stratford East about Asian women who've been incarcerated in the UK, and is also under commission to M6 Theatre Company and Pentabus. Film: Lemon Juke Box (a five minute short). She has developed Le Grand Jour, a short film by Revolution Films for refugee week. TV: Yasmin researched, scripted and co-presented a series for Anglia TV (With Paul Ross). Radio: BBC Radio Asian Network's Silver Street. Bells opened in Athens, Greece in November 2005.

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Bapsi Sidhwa
Sock ‘em With Honey On Tour 2004
Born and educated in Pakistan, acclaimed author of 5 novels, short fiction and essays, Bapsi has received numerous honours including the Sitara-I-Imtiaz, Pakistan’s highest national award in the arts. She received the Bunting Fellowship at Harvard, the Lila Wallace Readers Digest Award and the Italian Primo Mondello 2007.
Her third novel, Ice-Candy-Man/Cracking India, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and became the basis of Deepa Mehta’s award winning 1999 film, Earth. Reviewers have praised her “luminous prose, Rabelaisian language and humour… also both delicate and precise… with words chosen as carefully as pieces of inlay in a marble wall.” Her novels Water, An American Brat, Cracking India, The Bride and The Crow Eaters, have been translated into several languages. An altered version of Sock ‘em With Honey was produced in 2006 as An American Brat by Stages Repertory Theatre, Houston, in 2006.

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Shelley Silas
Calcutta Kosher National Tour 2004
Shelley was born in Calcutta and grew up in North London. Her stage plays include Eating Ice Cream on Gaza Beach (NYT/Soho Theatre), Falling (The Bush Theatre, Pearson Writer-in-Residence), Calcutta Kosher with Kali (Southwark Playhouse, Birmingham Rep, Theatre Royal Stratford East), Mercy Fine, (Southwark Playhouse, Birmingham Rep). Her plays for BBC Radio 4 include, I am Emma Humphreys, The Sound of Silence (short-listed for the Imison Award), Ink, Calcutta Kosher, Molly’s Story in Celluloid Extras, The Magpie Stories (devised and co-wrote), Collective Fascination, Nothing Happened (with Luke Sorba). She adapted Hanan Al-Shaykh’s novel Only in London,and Paul Scott’s The Raj Quartet (with John Harvey). She’s developing a series for Monkey Kingdom, The Barkers, and has written a television film for Touch Paper TV, The Wedding Dress. A TV comedy series co-written with Luke Sorba, was optioned by DLT. Shelley compiled and edited the short story anthology, 12 Days, published by Virago. She has written and performed specially commissioned short stories at the Cheltenham Literature Festival and the Hexham Book Festival and has contributed stories to Little Black Dress and The Flash. She is currently writing two commissioned plays for BBC Radio Four, Mr Jones Goes Driving and The People Next Door, as well as a new stage play.

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Anu Kumar
London Fields Kali Futures 2004
Anu is a writer and theatre practitioner. Her work includes: Waterfall, Ashfield Theatre Croydon, Pick of the Week, Time Out; The Ecstasy, Oval House Theatre; London Fields a Rehearsed reading with Kali at Soho Theatre. She is currently working on her digital interactive theatre project for the sensory impaired “Sensorinet”.

Anu has been making work for theatre since age 14 from original student productions, Edinburgh Festivals and one off projects. She continues to write for theatre, work with dancers and musicians and train in yoga and capoeira. Anu is a practicing GP in Hackney and Greenwich.

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Nina Patel
King Saturn Kali Futures 2004
Nina was born and grew up in London. She has a degree in Business Studies, worked as a fashion designer for ten years and lived in India and the United States. King Saturn is her first full length play for theatre and is inspired by events that have taken place in Mumbai. Her published works include fashion articles, a short story, and poems for the SALIDAA website. Nina is currently working on two novels for teenagers and doing an NOCN in Illustration.

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Rukhsana Ahmad
River on Fire Full Production & Tour 2000/01
Rukhsana Ahmad has consistently written and adapted plays for the stage and BBC Radio, achieving distinction in both. Stage plays include: Song for a Sanctuary, (nomination Susan Smith Blackburn International Prize) The Gate-Keeper's Wife, Black Shalwar, River on Fire, (shortlist Susan Smith Blackburn Prize 2002) The Man who refused to be God, (2003) Last Chance and Partners in Crime (2004). Radio plays and adaptations include: Song for a Sanctuary, (CRE, runner-up prize) An Urnful of Ashes, The Errant Gene, Nawal El Saadawi's Woman at Point Zero, Jean Rhys' Wide Sargasso Sea, (shortlist CRE award and Writers' Guild award for best adaptation) and R. K. Narayan's The Guide (nominated for Sony). She wrote for Westway (BBC World Service Drama) for over a year.

Rukhsana's first novel, The Hope Chest is published by Virago. Several short stories have been anthologised, most recently in the UK, Walking a Tightrope (Pan McMillan) Canada and India, And Then the World Changed (Women Unlimited). Rukhsana is currently working as the lead writer for a pilot drama series for the World Service Trust in tandem with an original play, Annie's Indian Home Rule, based on her Indian years and an adaptation of Nadeem Aslam's Maps for Lost Lovers for Woman's Hour.

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