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Community theatre

Objective of the Vertical

Develop a positive environment towards theatre and music within the Parivartan campus and the communities outside. Involve the youth in reviving the lost traditions of singing and theatre existent within the rural communities in collaboration with other verticals at Parivartan. Introduce innovative learning with the help of songs, stories and poetry. Motivate local youth and others from the communities and train to constitute a group of confident actors who in future can hope to earn a viable livelihood and acquire National and International fame.

Challenges in the Sector

In times of globalization, cultural imperialism has brought in negative repercussions for diverse indigenous regional culture of third world countries. But theatre still prevails as a major tool for empowerment at the grassroots in India. In today’s time, many theatre groups in every part of India work to give voice to the voiceless. Regional culture especially folk theatre forms an important part of development communication that is direct in nature.

Assuring the participation of marginalized people in developmental process, practitioners worldwide now use this form of theatre to analyze and exhibit issues such as environmental justice, sectarian violence, human rights violations, institutional racism & internalized oppression, economic and cultural globalization, and access to adequate health care.

Program Details

Parivartan Community Theatre vertical (Rangmandali) largely functions as a catalyst for change. Parivartan believes that in order to bring change at every level, it is important for the poor and marginalized communities to be well informed about the complexities of change. What makes Parivartan’s Community theatre different from other organizations is that it allows one to enter into a dialogue with people directly on sensitive themes by reviving traditional plays and music of the community.

Presenting theme based plays, identifying and training local artists, organising workshops, collaborating with and assisting like-minded initiatives are some of its core activities. Rangmandali also assists other verticals of Parivartan to organize and present cultural activities on various occasions.

Workshops

With support of eminent artists and activists like Sambhaji Bhagat, Tanveer Akhtar, Sunil Shanbhag, Shaili Sathyu and Ritika Sahani, we have been successful in conducting different kinds of workshops. ‘Shivaji Underground’ a play written and designed by Sambhaji Bhagat originally in Marathi, is being translated into Hindi after extensive research of local forms of theatre and singing. We had partnered with local artists to incorporate the local elements in the play. Mr. Sunil Shanbag, a renowned playwright from Mumbai is helping us direct the new version.

Apart from regular workshops with children on communication and self-confidence, we also engage with the community members on various topics. Workshops on local traditions like Jalua and Gond Naach, are organized with the objective to revive local traditions that foster social harmony.

We also organize Natya Utsav for the community members that is conducted in the Open Air Theatre. These kinds of programs give everybody the opportunity to initiate dialogues on important issues prevailing in the community. Rangmandali keeps encouraging young talents to seek for Government scholarship and collaborates with organisations like IPTA, Kilkari and Junoon to capacitate and sharpen their skills. Rangmandali also performs, scripts plays and trains other verticals for major events like Nari Jutan, Independence Day and Republic Day

Case Story

Rozadin is a member of the Parivartan Rang Mandali, as a percussionist. He was in the 7 class when he joined RangMandali. Before he joined Parivartan,  he would sing in major events like Republic Day where he sang the popular song, “Waqt Ka Ye Parinda”. Rozadin had interest in music which brought him to Parivartan. However, he had difficulty in reading texts and dialogues.  As he was very keen to sing,  he was given the opportunity to learn. We figured out a way by which he could  learn the song as Rozadin could not read. Feroz, a fellow actor, sang the song along with him and Rozadin tried to learn the song while he heard him sing. After putting a lot of effort, Rozadin had learnt the song with the help of Feroze, but unfortunately on January 26, he forgot the song on the stage itself.  As he could not read, the  written lyrics  present in front of him made no sense.

After this incident, Rozadin realised he should study and he requested Ashutosh ji  for  participation  in  drama. Ashutosh ji assured him that he would definitely give him a role if he  takes the effort to learn  to read. Rozadin finally got  a role in the play “Taj Mahal Ka Tender”, for which he  burnt the midnight oil to learn the dialogues for this play. He eventually learnt to read any text and dialogues given to him through regular practice. Today he is able to read as well as act  and has done the same for plays like – Main Bihar Hoon, Beti Bechwa, Abhiyo Se Chetal. Rozadin did his early education in the BMC Maktab, Village Mian ke Bhatkan and Adarsh Public School, Narendrapur. I feel very proud that the Rangmandali has inspired him to realise the need to study and today Rozadin is adept in the skill of reading..

Rozadin’s  belongs to a family of five brothers and three sisters. Rozadin has developed himself a lot at Parivartan. He is also a percussionist at RangMandali. He wants to learn guitar and has bought one with his money. Rozadin, who presently resides in a hut, plans to build a pukka house for his family in the near future.