Monsoon season and more for Rohit Chokhani

2018 Monsoon Festival of Performing Arts

When: Aug. 9-19, various venues and times.

Where: Vancouver and Surrey, various venues and times.

Tickets and info: monsoonartsfest.ca

There is a perception that Rohit Chokhani doesn’t sleep.

The winner of the Vancouver Now representation and inclusion award at this year’s Jessie Awards is preparing — with co-producer and co-creator Gurpreet Sian — to launch the third Monsoon Festival of Performing Arts, but he also just announced the 2018 programming for Project SAT (South Asian Theatre). This initiative aimed at developing a deeper infrastructure for touring, producing, presenting and creating national and international South Asian theatre projects in Canada is just one more way this active creator is doing his part to “represent the unrepresented” voices in this country’s theatre scene.

Add in an artistic associate position at Bard on the Beach, helming Diwali in B.C. (Oct. 5 — Nov. 18, across the province), producing new plays and any number of other community outreach and creative pursuits and you can see why people question how Chokhani does it. He assures me that sleep plays a key role in keeping up the energy levels.

His past as a Master’s degree holder in computer programming provides some key organizing skills that make him that the rarest of creative types; an efficient one.

Throughout his studies, he was always presenting events and pursuing arts on the side.

“I immigrated here eight years ago and spent two years trying to do my thing, settling on a collective play at the Fringe Festival called Siddhartha: A Journey Home at Dr. Sun Yat-sen Gardens,” he said. “It was my first thing artistically and then I got picked up as general manager at Urban Ink. From there, I went on to general manager at Touchstone Theatre and that was about the time that the discussions were ramping and amping up about inclusiveness in the local theatre.”

Seeing a chance to develop a South Asian presence in the scene, telling their stories and creating their own works, Chokhani delved into developing some vehicles. It took time.

“It’s still in pretty early stages, and I have a long term vision looking ahead 10 years that is pretty wide-ranging,” he said. “I don’t feel that I really began to define myself as an artist until about five years ago when some of my curatorial vision began to take shape in

Source:: Vancouver Sun – Entertainment

      

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