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Guru of Chai and Krishnan’s Dairy

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With sold out performances in 2011, Singapore Repertory Theatre and New Zealand’s acclaimed Indian Ink Theatre Company are proud to bring back Guru of Chai in repertory with Krishnan’s Dairy this month.

Guru of Chai

Once a millennium there comes a teacher who awakens us all to the power of the divine. But if you can’t wait that long, book an audience with the Guru of Chaii! A spiritual leader who will sell you a cup of tea, charm you with his infectious smile, and take away all that is wrong with your life. Enlightenment is at hand.

A poor chaiwallah’s (tea seller’s) life is changed forever when a young girl is abandoned at a busy railway station and brings the place to a standstill with the beauty of her singing. An honest young policeman falls hopelessly in love with her but is rejected in favour of a disreputable poet. The contradictions of modern India with its iPhones and ancient gods form the backdrop to this story about the dangers of keeping your soul locked in a cage.

“Award winning actor Jacob Rajan combines with musician David Ward to bring this intimate epic to life. Outrageously funny and heartbreakingly beautiful,  the “Guru’s magical elements all add up to a very captivating, moving piece of theatre.”
Kate Ward Smythe, Theatreview

Till 17 March at DBS Arts Centre – Home of SRT. $40 – $55. Tickets available from SISTIC.

Krishnan’s Dairy

Krishnan’s Dairy takes two of the most universal Indian clichés – the Taj Mahal and the corner store – and fuses them into a funny and touching love story.

Gobi and Zina Krishnan have moved to New Zealand in search of a better life for themselves and their child. They work hard and keep their dreams stacked on the shelves of their struggling business – Krishnan’s Dairy.

Woven into their story is the epic tale of the Taj Mahal, one of the wonders of the world and an enduring testament to the love of one man for his wife. A love story unfolds behind the counter with hilarious and deeply moving consequences for the hopeful, vulnerable lives of this immigrant shopkeeper and his wife.

Krishnan’s Dairy debuted in 1997 and since then has played to over 47,000, consistently receiving rave reviews and sell out houses. International dates include Edinburgh 1999 where Krishnan’s Dairy sold out at the Traverse Theatre, won a Fringe First Award and Jacob was nominated for Best Actor. Other International seasons include Singapore, and the Ten Days on the Island and Castlemaine State Festivals in Australia.

21 – 31 March at DBS Arts Centre – Home of SRT. $40 – $55. Tickets available from SISTIC.

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