Rasa is juice. Its taste. Its essense. A painting must have its rasa . . . which is not in the painting exactly. --Das



Indian Ink had its first performance at the Yvonne Arnaud theatre, Guildford, and opened at the Aldwych Theatre, London, on February 27, 1995. The production was directed by Peter Wood and designed by Carl Toms, with lighting by Mark Henderson.

THE CAST


FLORA CREWE --Felicity Kendal
COOMARASWAMI -- Rashid Karapiet
NAZRUL -- Ravi Aujla
ELEANOR SWAN -- Margaret Tyzack
ELDON PIKE -- Colin Stinton
QUESTIONER -- Akbar Kurtha
NIRAD DAS -- Art Malik
ANISH DAS -- Paul Bhattacharjee
DAVID DURANCE -- Dominic Jephcott
DILIP -- Akbar Kurtha
ENGLISHMAN -- Kenneth Jay
ENGLISHWOMAN -- Diana Oxford
RESIDENT -- Peter Wickham
CLUB SERVANT-- Ravi Aujla
RAJAH/POLITICIAN -- Madhav Sharma
RAJAH'S SERVANT -- Naim Kham-Turk
NELL -- Nickie Rainsford
ERIC -- Daniel Wellon

SYNOPSIS

Flora Crewe, a young poet traveling in India in 1930, has her portrait painted by a local artist. More than fifty years later, the artist's son visits Flora's sister in London while her would-be biographer is following a cold trail in India. -- from the faber & faber edition.

THE CRITICS SPEAK

Reviews from:
The San Francisco Chronicle
The San Francisco Examiner
culturevulture.net

FOR FURTHER EXPLORATION

ONLINE

The Play's the Thing -- Stoppard discusses Indian Ink with Elizabeth Farnsworth.
Background Report -- By Spencer Michels, from the same broadcast.
ArtIndia -- On the different classical dance, music, and allied arts of India.
Indian Heritage -- Provides information on all traditional and contemporary Indian topics.
History of India -- A pretty good overview.
M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence -- Founded by Gandhi's grandson.
1998-99 Season at A.C.T. -- Presenting the American premiere of Indian Ink.

OFFLINE

A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
The Raj Quartet by Paul Scott
Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
Essential Gandhi: An Anthology of His Writings on His Life, Work and Ideas edited by Louise Fischer


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