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Swabhoomi: Borrowed Earth

Swabhoomi: Borrowed Earth

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  • Thu 25 May ’17, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
  • Fri 26 May ’17, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
  • Sat 27 May ’17, 4:00pm – 6:00pm
  • Sat 27 May ’17, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
  • Sun 28 May ’17, 4:00pm – 6:00pm
  • Mon 29 May ’17, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
  • Tue 30 May ’17, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
  • Wed 31 May ’17, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
  • Thu 1 Jun ’17, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
  • Fri 2 Jun ’17, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
  • Sat 3 Jun ’17, 4:00pm – 6:00pm
  • Sat 3 Jun ’17, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
  • Sun 4 Jun ’17, 4:00pm – 6:00pm
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TAPAC , 100 Motions Rd, Western Springs


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $30.00
  • Senior/Students: $25.00
  • Group 8+: $25.00



Stunning History of Indians In New Zealand comes to life on stage.

Conceived & Directed by Ahi Karunaharan, with Assistant Director Sananda Chatterjee.

Well-known for brightening the stage with their comedic and satirical works, Prayas Theatre Company have developed a poignant and emotive piece in the all new Swabhoomi: Borrowed Earth.

From the first Indians to arrive in Aotearoa, Prayas Theatre follows their tracks, through the generations, through the country’s modern history. Sharing the 150 years that Indians have grown and learnt in New Zealand, right up to the political issues that even now mark out what it is to be a migrant in New Zealand, Swabhoomi merges theatre, movement, puppetry, poetry and music; seeking to develop from talks and debate, what it is to be an Indian Kiwi.

Seamlessly fusing together, the serious with light-hearted moments, Prayas explores the intricacies of the Kiwi-Indian experience, from migrants who dug gold in the Otago rushes to digging up vegetables in Pukekohe today. Not shying away from the gritty issues of immigration, the stories told range about the lives of Indians during the Capital’s early days while facing the backlash of white extremists who did not want them there, right through to the dilemma of students facing deportation today.

Presented by: Prayas Theatre Company

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