Akademi, the UK’s leading South Asian dance production house, will create and tour its new production The Troth (based on Usne Kaha Tha – the first Hindi short story written in 1915 by Chandradhar Sharma Guleri). Directed and Choreographed by Gary Clarke (UK Theatre Award winner 2016 for COAL) The Troth is a multimedia theatre work celebrating the 70th anniversary of India's independence and the UK-India Year of Culture.

This ambitious international project is a collaboration between creatives from the UK and India, touring both countries during January to March 2018. The Troth will retell the classic story to a global contemporary audience. Stylistically, it will draw on early Indian silent cinema, which came into being in 1913. Inspired by Film Noir and the era of black and white films, it will recount the story with use of subtitles. The Troth will unfold the poignant narrative through interplay between image, music and dance.

The production will be a black and white cinematic experience with accompanying live Indian folk music. 

The Troth will tour four cities in India between January 2017 and March 2018 - Jaipur, Bhopal and Chandigarh - with a finale in New Delhi. Stay tuned for more updates 

Creative Team 


Executive Producer – Mira Kaushik OBE (Akademi)

Director/ Choreographer – Gary Clarke

Music Composer – Shrikanth Sriram



Creative consultant – Tripurari Sharma (National School of Drama)

Creative consultant – Ashok Bhagat (National School of Drama)


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