About Us

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 isto 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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(All donations are eligible for tax exemption under 80G)

Aagaaz’s upcoming repertory production, Riḥla 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 Riḥla presents an urgency to unpack the anxieties regarding the conflicts of identity and nationhood.

Project Riḥla: Dialogues for a better tomorrow

Riḥla: Black Box Okhla

Riḥla: Rangashankara

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You can support us in creating an impact by donating towards our theatre based outreach initiative PROJECT RIHLA, as we are looking at a sum total of INR 8,00,000 to create a performance and a process with young people.

Donations of every size – S, M, L, XL are welcome and loved. We want to acknowledge each donation as we begin to build a community of supporters who want this story to be explored and performed, so do get in touch with us if you want to know more about us and what we hope to offer!

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Our Team


Ismail Sheikh is a founding member at Aagaaz Theatre Trust. He has performing professionally in plays from the organization’s repertoire since 2015. As an actor and co-director, he has been a part of plays that have performed in theatre…

Sakhi Upadhyaya

Sakhi has been a theatre facilitator and practitioner working in and around Delhi for as long as she has been instigating a consistent reordering of her academic priorities. Graduating from Ramjas College in 2016 with the experience of many…


Muzammil is a founding member of Aagaaz Theatre Trust. He has performing professionally in plays from the organization’s repertoir since 2015. As an actor and co-director, he has been a part of plays that have performed in theatre festivals,…


What an amazing group of performers! Their energy and talent never ceases to sweep me off my feet! So much to learn from their perspective too – looking forward to more interactions!

Sonia Khanna

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We are still fixing this contact form. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. In the meantine, do write to us at: info@aagaaztheatre.org.

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Sanyukta: Email: sanyukta@aagaaztheatre.org, Call: +91-9873853348

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