There is a gap in a deeper understanding of the self, society and the world. While there are notions of these in each person, these notions are more often than not caught in single stories of gender, caste, class, religion, different abilities and intelligences, language, ethnicity, etc.
Moving towards change/transformation isn’t possible unless one is able to see beyond these single stories and discover the possibility of multiple stories. At the level of self, this inability to see beyond single stories that leads to feeling demotivating and letting life be governed by fate – very young girls being married off, boys taking to a life of petty crime and drugs, etc. . At the level of society, it leads to a lack of empathy and even disdain and hate towards the other – hate crimes, communalism. At the level of the world, it
leads to apathy towards issues that don’t seem to be of immediate consequence to everyday life like climate change or wars in other countries.
The core group at Aagaaz, unlike many of their peers, has been able to dialogue with their families against early marriage, to stay in school, become the first in generations of their families to get a college education, staying off drugs, and are able to hold jobs.
These change-makers and their family members are now ambassadors of change in their neighbourhoods.
Their primary language of impacting themselves, their immediate society and the world around them is through theatre.
Through their theatre, our audiences are able to think critically about their own selves and worlds – the first step into creating a better version of the world.