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What is this initiative about?

Theatre of the Oppressed or Forum Theatre is a participatory process which offers people the possibility of identifying issues, articulating them in the form of short plays and creating a structure in which an active dialogue between the actors and the spectators is instigated in order to try and change the story. It is an interactive mode of behaviour which stimulates evaluation, critical thinking and imaginative responses.

The contributions to this initiative will help equip a group of social activists with theatre facilitation skills.  These activists are currently working on a range on issues such as: Land Rights, Electoral Politics, Religious and Caste based co-existence, Right to Housing, Right to Education, Labour Rights, Rehabilitation of manual scavengers, and so on. This workshop will help them stimulate their intellect and use theatre in their work practice, which will enhance their outreach and efficiency multi-fold.

I first got introduced to Theatre of the Oppressed (TO) a few years ago. Engaging with TO exercises and putting together a Forum Play gave me the opportunity to engage with myself in a non-judgemental manner. It stimulated my intellect to be a better person and contribute more efficiently to the world, and in my role as a social worker.  Over the years, I have facilitated various workshops with TO elements in it and at the end of each initiative, I wonder about the fiery potential this practice would have for young social activists across the country, who are working bravely, and relentlessly on addressing various social issues. Equipping them with skills of theatre will be a powerful tool to use as they strive hard to pave a path of better living for the communities they are engaged with: a better world for all of us to be a part of.

The Theatre of the Oppressed practice believes that every human being is capable of thinking. It is a form of theatre that deeply respects intellectual faculty of people and therefore has the potential to portray oppression and change the story. This form of theatre focuses not just on acting, but also action. It deliberates on the reflection of reality and a rehearsal for future action.

The experts:

Janasanskriti Center for the Theatre of Oppressed is one of the pioneers in this field in India. Over the past 3 decades, Janasanskriti has addressed issues like domestic violence, girl child trafficking, child abuse, maternal & child health, primary education and health care, etc, all through theatre.

Here is a video of Sanjoy Ganguly, co-founder of Janasanskriti, talking about Theatre and Change: 

Here is another video highlighting some snippets of a Forum performance by the Janasanskriti team: 

Equipping social activists with skills of TO will enhance their ability to examine their own actions in relation with the community that they work with, the structural oppression in which communities are entrenched in and facilitate a creative process of birthing new ideas and actions for change.

How these Funds will be used

For the purpose of this workshop, we need a total amount of Rs. 2 lakhs. This workshop will be hosted at Sambhaavnaa Institute of Public Policy, Palampur. Nestled at the foothills of Dhauladhar mountains, Sambhaavnaa provides for an enriching learning space, allowing for nature to be a teacher as well. For the purpose of this workshop, Sambhaavnaa Institute has agreed to subsidize the boarding and lodging costs for the participants of the workshop. Part of the funds raised through this campaign will go to towards the basic costs of hiring the space for the workshop.

Sanjoy Ganguly and Sima Ganguly from Janasanskriti have agreed to facilitate this workshop pro bono. Part of the funds raised through this campaign will go into reimbursing their travel expenses.

Close to 30 social activists from across the country will be joining in as participants for the workshop. A majority of the funds generated through this campaign will be spent on supporting their travel costs.

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1st February 2018
Dear Friend,

We have successfully achieved our goal of raising funds for the Theatre For Democracy workshop. We are grateful to each one of you who have contributed to this campaign by donating, by sharing about this campaign with friends and for believing in the initiative. We hold each of your contribution in much gratitude. Thank you, thank you

The funds that have been generated will be routed to:

Kumud Bhushan Education Society

Through this transfer, we will reimburse the participants and facilitators travels costs, boarding and lodging costs at the Sambhaavnaa Institute of Public Policy

A few of the supporters of this campaign have encouraged us to continue with this initiative and that they would be interested in supporting us in time to come as well. Some of the ideas that we would like to work on in time to come are: Theatre and Arts based workshop with for survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, a workshop on Psychodrama techniques and a Facilitators training on the techniques of Theatre of Oppressed. Would you like to support such initiatives? What are your thoughts, or ideas? Your thoughts matters, and we would want to hear them. Do write to us at:

We look forward to sharing more updates with you during the course of the workshops

Thank you again, for your generosity and enduring support

With love and regards,
Theatre for Democracy campaigners

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