Miti Ki Gadi – Photograph 1

Series nameProductions: The Little Clay Cart

In this scene from Tara Arts’ 1986 production of ‘Miti ki Gadi’ at the Arts Theatre in London, the courtesan Vasantasena waits for her maid to bring a message from another courtier played by the actor Bhasker Patel. The actors from left to right are Shaheen Khan and Sudha Buchar.

Date of Creation / Publication1986
CreatorHa, Chris
Associated Person/ OrganisationTara Arts
Collection and Reference NumberTara Arts Collection (GB 2661 TA)
Catalogue NumberTA/PRO/LC/3
Access to originalsThe originals belong to Tara Arts.
Series notesTara Arts' production 'The Little Clay Cart' is an adaptation of an 8th century Sanskrit play by Shudraka, called The Toy Cart. The play is a complicated love triangle and tells the story of a king who falls in love with a courtesan who in turn is in love with a poor merchant. Tara Arts followed Sanskrit dramatic practices such as using minimum props, incorporating dance and music sequences, a and opening the play with a Sanskrit invocation to the Gods. The cast of Little Clay Cart include: Shaheen Khan, Nizwar Karanj, Mala Sikka, Yogesh Bhatt, Bhasker, Ayub Khan Din, Sudha Bhuchar, Rezaul Kabir. The production team for Little Clay Cart include: Director, Jatinder Verma, Music, Baluji Srivastav, Choreography, Shobana Jeysingh and Design, Mala Sikka and Ann Hubbard. In 1984-1985, the production toured the following venues: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, 11-14 and 18-22 December; Asian Centre, Haringey, 4 January; Park Lane Community Centre,6 January; Oval House Theatre, 9-13 January; Riverside Studios, Hammersmith, 15-17 January; Fleet Education Community Centre, London, 25 January; Arts Centre, York, 31 January-2 February; Roadmender Centre, Northampton, 6 February; Moat Community College, Leicester, 7-9 February; Southall Arts Centre, Southall, 16 February and Midlands Art Centre, Birmingham, 21-23 February. In 1986, the play opened at the Arts Theatre in Leicester Square in London on Thursday, 9 January and in 1991, The Little Clay Cart premiered at the National Cottesloe Theatre in 1991.
Collection notesThe Tara Arts collection consists mainly of digitised material which relates to their productions and includes items such as flyers, programmes, scripts, photographs, stage and costume drawings and information about the organisations history.