Indian Heritage and Cultural Association (IHCA-NJ) is a volunteer-based non-profit organization established in 2013 in New Jersey USA. 
The main purpose of this non-profit organization is to promote local talent and increase the awareness of rich Indian heritage in the USA through performing art, such as theater, dance, and music of India. IHCA-NJ gives an opportunity to local highly gifted artists and groups to express their talent without any limiting factors of language, subject, and social issues. IHCA-NJ's other goal is to bring the Indian communities together by introducing these highly diverse and talented artists to esteem audience of New Jersey

Last two years IHCA-NJ has organized 'Natya-Darpan' a multilingual short play festival in New Jersey. Many highly acclaimed and award-winning US-based theater groups performed exceptionally high-quality short plays in Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, and English. Last year's program was partially funded by Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders.


Dr. Ashok Chaudhary Founder & President Indian Heritage & Cultural Association (IHCA-NJ):


AshokChaudhary Dr Ashok Chaudhary is a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the IICT, India. He is an accomplished Scientist & Sr Manager with more than 20 years of experience overseeing research & development in Fortune 500 pharmaceutical companies including Pfizer, Merck & Siemens USA. Since his childhood in Pune (India), he was inclined towards the performing arts. Back then as early as age 6, he has also performed on stage & All India Radio (Aakashwani Pune, India). He has been active in the local community in New Jersey, since 2001 where he was instrumental in promoting arts & culture through several events that he organized.  He was appointed by Mayor of Old Bridge, NJ as Human Relation Commissioner for Old Bridge Township. With this love & passion of acting since a young age,

Ashok was very keen on doing something for the younger generation in the US. He founded the IHCA-NJ in the year 2013. IHCA-NJ created Natya Darpan - a platform to promote local talent and to bring all communities together through performing arts such as classical music, classical dance, and theater and successfully doing so for the past few years. For the last 3 years Natya Darpan has seen local theater groups perform mind blowing short plays in various languages, including English, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali and Gujarati, with the focus being on social issues such as Women’s Empowerment, Human Trafficking, Immigration, LGBTQA+ Advancement, Community Relationships, Mental illness and others. The program has received an overwhelming response from the tri-state audience over the last few years.



Natya Darpan Executive Team:
Nitin Ashtekar (908-392-5152), Ashok Chaudhary (732-533-9194), Sandeep Karanjkar (732-822-1235), Sanjay Shetye (267-253-9112),
Snehal Vaze (732-979-1771), Ashok Vanjari (732-331-7169)

Our Advisors

Ashok Vanjari Yogesh Soman Farley Richmond
Director Ashok Vanjari has a long association with experimental Theater movement in India. He has directed and acted in award-winning one-acts, full-length dramas as well as films in India.... Yogesh Soman is working in the field of media for the past 30 years. Though his expertise lies in Marathi experimental and commercial theatre, for the past 11 years... Farley Richmond is Professor of the Department of Theatre and Film Studies,
University of Georgia/Athens...
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Dr. Meena Nerurkar Nutan Dabholkar Kalamdani Dipan Ray
Meena Nerurkar
Dr. Meena Nerurkar is a gynecologist, actor, director, author, playwright, dancer and choreographer. As a gynecologist- she was invited by President Bill Clinton to the White House to participate in health care reform. Nutan Dabholkar Kalamdani is a well-known, talented, creative, modest and a
dynamic media personality and community member...
Dr. Dipan Ray, a Pharmacist & Scientist by profession but theater is his passion.  Even after a successful research career with three patents and several publications...
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Indian Heritage and Cultural Association, New Jersey
(Nonprofit 501 (C) (3) organization) 

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New Jersey's Most Awaited Short Play Festival

                Natya~Darpan 2019


Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019

at Middlesex County College


2600 Woodbridge Avenue, Edison, NJ 08818


11.00AM - 6.30PM




Timiratuni Tejakade (Marathi)

Writer: Sayali Tamane
Director: Satyajit Deshpande


Chak De Chekhov! (Hindi)
 (Selected Stories)

Writer: Anton Chekhov
Hindi adaptation: ICS Theatre, NJ
Director: Mahesh Dattani, Asst. Dir.: Barkha Krishnani



Kaleidoscope ( Marathi)

Writer: Sumit Kulkarni
Presenter: 7 Step Productions
Director: Makarand Bhave



Nath Ha Maaza (Marathi)
Writer: Dr. Meena Nerurkar

Director: Dr. Meena Nerurkar

Kalabhavan, USA



Shatrugandha (Hindi)

Writer: Yogesh Tripathi
Director: Ameeya Mehta


Nirastra (English /Bengali)

Writer & Director: Gargi Mukherjee and Golam Sarwar Harun
Based on stories of Mahasweta Debi

Epic Actor's Workshop, NJ



(Please note: This is not the actual sequence of the short plays)