Catalysts for Transformation

Paolo Freire, the Brazilian educator and author, in his "Pedagogy of the Oppressed " says " People develop their power to perceive critically the way they exist in the world with which and in which they find themselves. They come to see the world not as a static reality, but as a reality in process, in transformation."



Aagaaz is the Urdu word for ‘beginnings’.

We strive to relentlessly close gaps in learning, understanding the ‘other’, access, and dignity through engagement with arts practices.

We are 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.

At the core are the 11 adolescents from Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti who are growing into arts practitioners, theatre makers, and facilitators. 

Engaging children and young adults across social and geographical boundaries, we relentlessly question ‘what isto probe ‘what could and should be’ to learn ways to act and perform beyond just the stage.

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.

What we do

Our Team


Saddam has been with Aagaaz since 2009, and is now practicing theatre and exploring work opportunities. He has finished his schooling and is mostly found listening to music, drawing or playing cricket. He is passionate about theatre because it…


Shahid is a founding member of Aagaaz Theatre Trust and is a part of its Core Group of theatre practitioners. He has performing professionally in plays from the organization’s repertoir since 2015. As an actor and co-facilitator, he has…


Zainab is the chirpy member of the group, who has a wide range of interests. She enjoys theatre, singing, dancing, sketching, fashion, travelling and engaging with conversations around gender and sexuality. She has been with Aagaaz since 2009, and…

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