The Bay Area is home to one of the largest Indian-American communities in the country – and to one of the largest Indian theater companies, Naatak. They’re engineers by day and performers by night; the creators and much of the cast of Naatak hail from India and live and work in Silicon Valley. “The left-brain right-brain division is a myth,” says Sujit Saraf, playwright and co-founder of Naatak. Saraf also holds a PhD in mechanical engineering from UC Berkeley.
This year Naatak is celebrating its 20th anniversary and putting on Vrindavan, an original musical production staged with lush costumes, a colorful set and live musicians. KQED sat in as the company held its final dress rehearsal.
Performances run through Sept. 27. For tickets and information, go to naatak.com.
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