We are Aagaaz Theatre Trust,, an arts based organisation dedicated to creating inclusive learning spaces that nurture curiosity and critical thought while creating safe spaces for dialogue, in an attempt to weave a more equitable urban fabric. Engaging children and young adults across social and geographical boundaries, we relentlessly question ‘what is’ to probe ‘what could and should be’ to learn ways to act and perform beyond just the stage.
In 2015 we registered ourselves as an independent community arts organisation under the Trusts Act. Aagaaz performs stories that raise questions and create dialogue amongst diverse audiences. At the core are the 11 adolescents from Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti who are growing into arts practitioners, theatre makers, and facilitators. We engage the young through inclusive and diverse learning spaces in Delhi/NCR and performances in a range of venues and non-venues.
We have taken our work to 10 cities across the country and have performed/are performing in prestigious festivals such as Gender Bender 2016, Saharanpur Pustak Mela 2016, The Old World Theatre Festival 2018, META 2019 (we won the Special Jury Award), The Hindu Metroplus 2019, Equal Festival at Ranga Shankara 2019, Ranga Shankara Theatre Festival 2019, Serendipity Arts Festival 2019.
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Aagaaz’s upcoming repertory production, I Want A Country tells the story of a country that is waiting to be found, at a time when we are beginning to redefine what it means to be a citizen. For us, the text of I Want A Country presents an urgency to unpack the anxieties regarding the conflicts of identity and nationhood.
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