Welcome to KathaSiyah!

We are a Bangalore-based theatre group formed by Karen D’Mello and Sunayana Premchander in 2015. Our vision is to tell stories with perspectives that are not included in mainstream discourse and narratives  that don’t always make it to centre stage. Our work is rooted in contemporary Indian politics and social debates with a deliberate re-centering of gender issues.. The work is grounded in research and engages rigorously with other performing arts. KathaSiyah works in multiple languages with audiences ranging across the socio economic spectrum. Previous works include Taramandal (Hindi and English) Gidagiduga (Kannada) and 3 (English). Read more…

“She [Sunayana] says, “Right now a lot of discourse is geared towards freedom from sexual violence. But what if we talk of her identity and agency in the face of oppression? Most of our dialogue looks at whether people have a choice to stay with oppression or people don’t have a choice at all. But many a time it is a lot more complicated than that.”” Read More

Ensemble of Plays (May 2018) by Tania Thomas in the New Indian Express.

“Gidagiduga, whose title had more alliteration than connotation, proved to be powerful in its capacity to shake and intrigue.” Read More

The Unbearable Otherness of Being (October 2016) by Maitreyi Karnoor in The Hindu.