Listen to Anu Behari, Eye on India’s founder and president, and actress Priya Mohanty’s great discussion about the play “Queen,” Priya’s acting, diaspora life, and breaking stereotypes at Chicago’s Victory Gardens Theater.
Priya Mohanty is currently playing Sanam Shah in “Queen.” Playwright Madhuri Shekar and director Joanie Schltz are behind this intelligent play. What attracted Anu Behari to “Queen” is that it addresses the issue of diversity – race, gender and opinions but not central issues. The Indian character is not defined by her Indian identity, she just happens to be from India. In some ways she represents the contemporary Indian young woman who is unafraid and who does not need validation to be herself. Behari was left with a feeling of great respect for the main characters resilience that shines through.
Eye on India is a young and dynamic organization whose role is to serve as a facilitator and integrator. Promoting appreciation for diverse programming in the cultural landscape of Chicago, the festivalâ€™s uniqueness lies in its ability to create and inspire collaboration among various cultural, community and business organizations across Chicago and other cities in the US and India.