Review of 'Calcutta Kosher' by Shelley Silas, Theatre Royal, Stratford
Kali Production Company specialises in bringing the writing of Asian women to the stage. Calcutta Kosher is a welcome addition to that admirable project.
India has been host to three main groups of diaspora Jews - the Bene Israel, Cochin Jews and Baghdadi Jews. As first-comers, the Bene Israel combined Jewish with Hindu and Muslim practices until the arrival of the Cochin, who were fleeing persecution in Portugal during more Inquisitive times. They found a haven free from the obscenities of European anti-Semitism.