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'Theatre for Democracy' public discussion

posted Nov 4, 2011, 2:47 AM by Dr. Satendra Singh   [ updated Nov 4, 2011, 2:55 AM ]
Manohar Elavarthi, Executive Director at Sangma writes:

Sangama invites you to a public discussion on 'Theatre for Democracy' at Institution of Agricultural Technologists, 51, Queens Road, Banglore, India on Saturday, November 5 between 4:00pm - 6:30pm

In a healthy democracy there is a need for us to constantly contest the borders and form our democracy, to give a voice to the excluded, to the minorities, and to guard against the tyranny of the majority. Theatre is one of the few public fora that has the potential for us go beyond the boundaries of accepted norms. The current models promote top-down solutions that are “leader-focussed” and premised on one central truth; disregarding the multifaceted wisdom of every single person. The arts, including theatre, serve merely to uphold status quo. However theatre is capable of helping us define and re-define freedom for our age, to demand the equality of all.

We invite you to discuss these and related questions around the following theme:
- The current predominant culture of monologue
- Exploring ways in which to establish dialogue and
- Theatre as a way to democratize politics, to establish participatory democracy at all levels

The speakers include: SANJOY GANGULY, Jana Sanskriti, Kolkata and RADHA RAMASWAMY, Centre for Community Dialogue and Change, Bangalore

SANJOY GANGULY was active in communist politics as a student. Disillusioned by its centralist tendencies, he left the party to search for a political culture of dialogue and democracy. He began working in theatre in rural Bengal in the early 1980s. His encounter several years later with Augusto Boal and the Theatre of the Oppressed, coupled with his own passionate commitment to the creation of a more just and equal society, led him to found Jana Sanskriti, an independent organisation committed to the use of theatre to conscientise and empower the communities it serves. With more than thirty active theatre groups associated with the group, Jana Sanskriti is now the largest organisation of its kind in India.

RADHA RAMASWAMY has been an English teacher, theatre researcher, and educational consultant, and now heads the Centre for Community Dialogue and Change (CCDC), an organisation dedicated to the promotion of Theatre of the Oppressed in education. Radha trained in Theatre of the Oppressed at the Mandala Centre for Change, Seattle, and has been using it in her work with students, teachers, teacher trainers, senior citizens, children and healthcare professionals.


For more information contact: 9886155148 (Rajesh), 9880365692 (Gurukiran)
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