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…

“Karen D’Mello chose Neel Chaudhuri’s Taramandal as her concluding production. Extending Satyajit Ray’s popular short story Patol Babu, Film Star, the play is about a man and his unfulfilled dream of becoming an actor. It involves parallel narratives which are intended to punctuate the protagonist’s life. With the touching theme and strong performances, Karen received much appreciation for the play. “This is a story of disappointment and failure. I connected to it because I was also worried about whether I would succeed in my attempt,” she says.” Read More

Getting the Act Right (July 2015) by Roshni Jacob in The Hindu.

“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.