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."


If you are between the ages of 7 to 12, want to explore drama by connecting with children your age from across the country, and be part of a space that nurtures curiosity, imagination, critical thinking, and creative expression – then this is the space for you!


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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


Nagina is an 18 year old who started doing theatre while still a student of grade 3 in the MCD Primary School in Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti. She has performed in over 12 plays and is a founding member of…

Sanyukta Saha

Sanyukta is an applied theatre practitioner based out of Delhi. She is a founding member of Aagaaz Theatre Trust. Her interests and practice spans community based theatre, education, theatre for young audiences, and drama and its applications for professionals.…

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…

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