Rasa means taste or feeling in Malay, the essence or the sap of life in Tamil and the 9 rasas or emotions that an artist evokes in Sanskrit theatre.
Rasa, in all its meanings, reflects the cultural background of artistic director Rani Moorthy.
Since its beginnings in 1998, Rasa has created 7 critically acclaimed, award nominated productions that have toured nationally and internationally in, so far, four continents.
Rasa artistically celebrates the universal and enduring migrant experience and that displacements and dislocations, whether from Sri Lanka or Wales or Cambodia or Kenya, enable us to create dynamic cultural interventions that are both epic and intimate.
Rasa is a National Portfolio Organisation funded by the Arts Council of England.
Rani Moorthy is Sri Lankan Tamil, grew up in Malaysia, was educated in Singapore and came to live in the UK in 1996. The unique alchemy of being an outsider and a migrant set her up for the artistic life as writer and performer deeply invested in what is shared rather than what makes us different.
Rani has written for BBC1’s Doctors and is a regular contributor and presenter on BBC1’s The Heaven and Earth Show and BBC Radio 2’s Pause for Thought. Adapted her own play Curry Tales for Radio 4. She has written the Woman’s Hour drama Whose Sari Now for BBC Radio 4. Rani was specially commissioned by Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company to write text for the contemporary dance work Just Add Water? (Royal Opera House 2009 and on tour in 2010).
As a filmmaker, Rani’s short film Incense funded by the Film Council “New Cinema” fund, has been shown in major national short film festivals and in Berlin, Cannes and New York.