Transforming for Empowerment

An independent theatre group with the name Lok Panch, has been formed in Patna. A set of senior theatre activists have assembled under a collective leadership. Two of the Aman workers are part of the group. The group is using Theatre of the Oppressed to transform theatre practices from being didactic to participative. The group has prepared a play on the theme of declining sex ratio in India and have performed at five different locations where the most oppressed communities stay. Three presentations were made in different slums of Patna and two were performed in Mushar Bastis of Paligunj Block of Patna District. All the costs, involved in preparing the play and performances and traveling, were arranged by the group itself. More than a thousand women and men participated in the forum discussions during the forum theatre performances.