– Melly Still – Tony Award Nominated Director & Choreographer
Amrit Kaur Lohia is on a mission to humanise the global social, historical and diasporic contexts she has been immersed in for her BA and MA History at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Whilst at the Young Vic theatre Amrit received training and guidance from: Melly Still (Tony Award nominated Director), James Blakey (Director), Natalie Ibu (Artistic Director of ‘Tiata Fahodzi’), David Lan (Artistic Director of ‘Young Vic’), Allel Nedjari (‘Gecko Theatre Company’) & Hattie Naylor (Playwright). With her musical, historical and social awareness through her youth work, Amrit wants to create immersive, culturally educational and visceral experiences as a performer, musician and a director to empower audiences and inspire the next generation of global citizens.
For more information see: humanised.org
‘Chagos Is Calling’ (2016/17)
Executive Producer | Director
In 1971, an entire population of Chagossians were unlawfully and forcibly evicted from their homeland by the British government so that a US airbase could be built there. Despite these injustices, 40 years later, they still cannot return. Many of the exiled Chagossian community no reside in Crawley, West Sussex, UK. Who are the Chagossians? What do they remember? Will their music be heard? In this play you will hear the story of Chagos told by its people.
‘Tales of 1947’ (2013)
Producer | Music Director | Composer | Sarangi | Vocals
This multilingual drama adaptation of Saadat Hasan Manto’s ‘Toba Tek Singh’ set after the Partition of India in 1947 tells a story a Muslim, Hindu and Sikh inmates in a Lahore asylum who are supposed to be transferred to India after the Partition. The story revolves around Bishan Singh, A Sikh inmate from the town of Toba Tek Singh and his search for his true identity and home. Along his journey he meets people who experienced the tragedies of loss, rape, death and overall confusion related to the dramatic changes in the aftermath of the Partition of India and and the creation of Pakistan in 1947. With live music, shadow theatre and dance sequences. The two sold-out runs were performed with a student-led cast at The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London 2013.
Sarangi | Composition
Debdas is a new and contemporary adaptation of the frequently dramatized and filmed 1917 Bengali novel by Sharat Chandra, Chattopdhyay. The original story is derived from the Hindu myths of the triangular tangles of romance between the divine Krishna and his loves Radha and Meera. Peformed at RichMix, London.
‘A Thousand Faces’ (2014)
Sarangi | Vocals | Spoken Word
‘A Thousand Faces’ (By Amina Khayyam Dance Company) is bold dance theatre that uses Kathak’s intricate and detailed theatrical movements of abhinaya, (technique of communication), combining mime from Europe, to explore perceptions of imagery of beauty and glamour that become objects for abuse and violent attacks on women. Performed at the Mac, Birmingham (UK).