Bollywood to Birmingham – Photograph of Director

Series nameTheatre

This image was taken during the filming week of Sampad’s ‘Bollywood to Birmingham’ project, and features Mian Har Ng, the Director of the project. ‘Bollywood to Birmingham’ was an eight month programme which began in October 2002. The project brought together pupils from King Edward VI Girls School in Handsworth, and King Edward VI Boys School in Aston. The students worked with a scriptwriter to create their own Bollywood-style film, and took part in drama rehearsals, music workshops and dance sessions with expert artists. The film was shot in February 2003, and was called ‘Obsession’. It premiered in a Birmingham cinema on 1 July 2003, and was attended by the cast, crew and their friends in full glamour style.

Date of Creation / Publication2002 - 2003
CreatorCrummay, Trish
Associated Person/ OrganisationRay, Piali
Collection and Reference NumberSampad Collection (GB 2661 SA)
Catalogue NumberSA/THE/16
CopyrightThe Creator and/ or the associated
Access to originalsThe originals belong to Sampad
Series notesTheatre is a relatively new area of activity for Sampad, although drama sessions have always played a key role within educational projects and programming. Sampad is currently adopting a new theatre strategy to encourage young British Asians to become more involved in theatre as participants, audiences, practitioners, administrators and producers. To date, Sampad has been commissioned a number of theatre productions, and has also held a conference on South Asian Identity in 1997, which included drama presentations.
Collection notesSampad was founded in 1990, under the directorship of Piali Ray OBE. The arts organisation was established to strengthen the infrastructure of South Asian arts in the West Midlands and Birmingham region. Due to Director Piali Ray's background as a dancer, this south Asian arts development agency has retained its strengths in dance, however its current remit is much wider, covering cross art forms of music, theatre, crafts and literature within education and community environments.