Leader and Mayor welcome honour for local arts pioneer

Published: Tuesday 10th January 17

The Leader of Wandsworth Council, Ravi Govindia, and the Mayor of Wandsworth Richard Field have congratulated the artistic director of Tara Arts on being awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours.

Jantinder Verma

Jatinder Verma was given the honour for the Earlsfield theatre and its services to diversity in the arts.

Cllr Field has also added Mr Verma to his Roll of Honour, in which he recognises the services of local people to their community.

The Mayor has recently performed in selected performances of Tara’s pantomime, Bollywood Jack. He said: “I have been lucky enough to work with Jatinder during my role in Bollywood Jack, and I am delighted his dedicated to the arts over the past 40 years has been recognised in this way. The theatre contributes so much to the borough’s arts scene, and I am honoured to have had the chance to get involved.”

Cllr Govindia, a former chair of Tara Arts, said: “Well done to Jatinder – this honour is richly deserved. Tara Arts is at the heart of the borough’s cultural life and is one of Wandsworth’s significant exports.  Under Jatinder’s leadership Tara has created for Asian theatre a voice and a presence.”

Tara Arts was founded by Mr Verma in 1977. It recently opened its new-look theatre in Garratt Lane following an extensive refurbishment. This year Tara plans 70 events marking the 70th anniversary of India and Pakistan’s independence. 

The Mayor takes a bow after one of his Bollywood Jack appearances

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