Collaborations with The Community Library Project ~ Devika and Shahid

July, 2018 marked the beginning of yet another engagement with The Community Library Project, Panchsheel Vihar. Mihir and Shahid took ownership of this project consisting of 15 adolescents and pre-adolescents. Sundays became theatre days at the library, and the children got acquainted with the format of TUNE IN, REFLECTION and ENGAGEMENT. A long time was spent on preparing the actors’ bodies and helping them develop the skills for effective voice projection and dialogue deliv

Korika: The Wishing Kite ~Jasmine Sachdev

Khirkee is a vibrant community bustling with energy and people from various backgrounds living together, making art together and making purported  ‘ends’ meet together. The diversity helps one experience a manifold of images, scents, sensations and interactions all at once and more- this is what makes this community special. We, at Aagaaz, worked with the children from the community using drama through the story of Korika: The Wishing Kite. The book, A Kite Called Korika by S

In which Ajab Gajab bachchas take to the stage ~ Priiya Prethora

It’s difficult to feel the impact of performance till we perform, till we feel the stage is a space we step on to, claim as ours and be watched while we express what it is that we feel. This feeling is an amalgamation of what we have learned before, what being on stage at that particular time does to us and what it’s going to feel like once the performance is over. Early on in January we decided to put together a short performance with the Ajab gajab gang  of Jamun Wala Park.

Khirki mein Drama – Theatre and Music at the Khirki Festival ~ Sanyukta

Khirki looked like it was celebrating Diwali or multiple weddings for five days in the month of December. The month of December kept all of us on our toes. The entire studio was abuzz with workshops, exhibitions, food stalls, events – people of varied ethnicities and age groups running up and down the stairs, laughing and talking in the otherwise serene environs of S-17, Khirki. KHOJ International Artist’s Studio on its 20th year of being, celebrated through a festival in col

Neuro- Dramatic Play Workshop with Sue Jennings ~Devika

Aagaaz has embarked on a journey towards nurturing and enhancing the development of its team members. In November, Devika attended a 3 day workshop on Neuro-Dramatic Play and brought back new ideas and plenty of insights. Here is a small reflection, that highlights her detailed observations while interacting with children during this process: The first of our workshop was a beautiful journey of self-exploration, sensory play, and rhythmic movement. We experimented with themes

Explorations with a new group ~ Supriya Puri

The journey over the last couple of weeks with the girls at Pehchaan has been of wonderful revelations. Exploring different avenues of social, affective and emotional domains; has been the key in decoding how individuals perceive the world and how the human experience differs from one person to the next. Working with various modalities within the art based spectrum facilitated a comprehensive understanding of individual processes without making overt observations embedded in

Unlearning Uncentred Restructured By Vardhna Puri

The Unlearning Uncentred sessions have been happening as you all know for the past 9 months. It is quite a sight to see children involved in playing games, which have been designed for them from a learning objective. These months have been interesting and have given us so many ideas to move forward. Let’s call that Unlearning Uncentred- Chapter 2. We now have onboard Noopur, who works in the area of education. With this we plan to structure our program and reach out to childr

Khirki Music Ensemble- Journey so far.. By Anirban Ghosh

What started as an experiment in Khirki (Somehow Khoj had trust in us that we will be able to create interesting programmes with this community) today has resulted in 3 full-fledged programmes for us at Aagaaz (Unlearning Uncentered, किस्से Connection and Khirki Music Ensemble). Khirki music ensemble emerged from the need to create and engage the hidden musicians from Khirki, and give them a platform to express and collaborate with other like-minded individuals from within th

Theatre with ‘The Community Library Project’, Panchsheel Vihar By Priiya

There is a deep sense of kinship to be working again with a group of participants who have already been led into a theatrical journey of sharing ideas and experiences, and it provides for a pleasant challenge. These workshops become a continuation of an educational exercise through theatre and play an important part in the evolution of thought itself.  The group of kids from The Community Library Project at Deepalaya at Panchsheel Vihar are in gears for the second series of w

किस्से Connection at Jashn-E-Aman By Shreya Jani

On 2nd October, 2017 STEP Trust collaborated with Aagaaz and organized किस्से Connection in Lodhi Garden, as a culmination of our 12 day Peace Festival Jashn-e-Aman. The topic of the event was ‘Bridge the Gap’, which focused on stories of navigating identities to understand issues of class, caste, gender, region, religion, and aspiration. The preparation for this event started a week before- on 25th of September when Nishant Paul held a short orientation workshop with our hum

My first encounter with the Drama in Education Jams- Dikshant Sharma

I came to know about DiE jams through a post published on Facebook. It sounded quite interesting for it came across as a free, open space to brainstorm and explore endless possibilities. A space to use and explore drama as an educational tool through various methods and activities, was naturally inviting. The session turned out to be no less than expected. It was a fusion of several energisers, creative drama exercises and reflections; carried out by every individual prese

My engagement with Aagaaz By Naveen Sharma

Aagaaz – a ball of positivity and love, is a beautifully knitted environment by Sanyukta Saha, showering love and positivity to the world of these amazing kids and whosoever comes to this place. My association with Aagaaz wasn’t a planned one. It all started with my six-day journey to Kolkata for Raavan Aaya. I hadn’t seen the play, nor had I met the group earlier. So, directly working on the play and getting the shows done in an unknown city was a humongous responsibility. I

Cooperative Games with Manish Kataria By Nishant Paul

To keep adding dimensions to our approach towards creation of the Unlearning Uncentered space in Khirki, it’s important for us to keep looking outwards at more methods of facilitation and the different spaces that already exist. We started the process last month and invited Manish, our friend and a facilitator for cooperative games, to play with us for a two-day workshop at C-5! It became a day’s workshop eventually due to some reasons. We still had copious amounts of learnin

Nizamuddin के facilitators! by Devika

As we had mentioned in our last newsletter, the core group from Nizamuddin has given rise to 6 aspiring facilitators who are on a year long apprenticeship journey that will train them to lead workshops and sessions of various kinds. They are getting exposure to drama facilitation,  interacting with children learning spaces and understanding methods of conducting conversations around sexual health and body. This is an exciting time for all of us! The kids have all grown up, O

A mind-washing experience By Himani Haswani

Himani, our extremely committed & artistic volunteer, came to know about Aagaaz through iVolunteer and has been an important part of Unlearning Uncentred since the very first day that we started meeting the children in Khirki. Himani shares here with us her reflections on the experience in designing and facilitating Unlearning Uncentred and her forever evolving relationship with the children! Initially, when I met the children, I had just heard about them dubbed as “The Tonga

Unlearning Uncentred- अब तक का सफ़र| By Nishant Paul

It has almost been seven months since we started meeting the children who live near the Jamun Wala Park in Khirki and make it the happening place that it is. Without them, the park would only look green but not ‘happy-green’! We have met each other at least 30-32 times (for sessions) and are now aware of each others’ idiosyncrasies. We see glimpses of trust in our relationships now, which has been the foundation as well as the result of the ‘work’ that we have done. When we s

Youth Club! A new group in the making By Sanyukta Saha

Each week a group of young people gather at C5 for a couple of hours of drama and play. The sessions are being facilitated by me and the six core group members who are now a part of the facilitator apprenticeship programme. The youth club began on the 13th of August with ten young people from Nizamuddin basti, Kale Khan, and Sundar Nursery. We are happiest about four of our erstwhile Aagaaz members coming back to us. They had to leave because of their family’s objection to th

DiE Jams (Drama in Education Jams) by Sanyukta Saha

What? An organic space for those who work with people using drama to come together and jam. The few principles that exist currently are: Whoever’s present to Jam is the right person. Whoever’s there participates. Use this space to try exercises/experiences. If your exercise or game needs specific material or object, bring it along. Share news! Feed us. Why? The number of applied drama practitioners is growing and yet there is a sense of either working in isolation, or

Duniya Sabki- A module in progress.. by Devika and Nishant

‘Duniya Sabki’ was initially a much loved poem by Safdar Hashmi. Soon, it became Aagaaz’s most celebrated play that managed to effortlessly showcase the talents of the young theatre artists from Nizamuddin. Currently, it has transformed into a workshop module that is giving so many adolescents and pre-adolescents a platform to tell their stories. Devika and Nishant have been a part of ‘Team Aagaaz’ for a while now and have been observers in the workshops. We would like to sh

Duniya Sabki Facilitation Experience

Aagaaz collaborated with Deepalya Community Library where four of our core group members from Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti co-facilitated their first theatre workshop. This resulted in a performance called ‘Duniya Sabki’. Nagina, Zainab, Jasmine and Nagma share their experiences of facilitation by answering some basic questions.How did they feel? नगीना: यह एक बहुत अच्छा अनुभव था क्यूंकि पहली बार मैंने अपने से कम उम्र के बच्चो के साथ काम किया | Lead करना थोडा मुश्किल था लेकिन मैंने