South Asia undoubtedly has one of the richest theatre traditions in the world, the magic of the stage entertaining South Asian audiences from ancient times up until the modern day. South Asian theatre covers many different types of performances across several culturally diverse countries.
Its influence is not limited to these countries and continues to form an integral part of cultures well outside their borders. It has historically shaped East Asian arts and is most notable in Southeast Asia where the Ramayana and Mahabharata still flourish. South Asians are also one of the largest and fastest-growing categories of Australian migrants, making their stories increasingly relevant to our contemporary theatre landscape.