Our Story

Our journey with Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti had begun in October 2009 when Sanyukta joined the mammoth PPP initiative led by Aga Khan Foundation called ‘Humayun’s Tomb-Sundar Nursery-Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti Urban Renewal Initiative’ as their Arts Education Program Coordinator fresh out of an MA. After spending three years with the initiative, she was excited about exploring the potential of a community-driven initiative and thus quit her job in March 2013. Her intention was to deep dive into drama as a process that could build safe spaces for dialogue. The decision involved continuing to work with a group of 35 children from the Basti who had been bitten by the theatre bug.

Aagaaz was conceived in 2014 and registered in 2015 because of the group’s inclination to explore theatre as a career. It was born out of an unsettling realisation that all theatre makers in Delhi come from privilege. The act of story making and telling was, therefore, only the purview of a few. How does that affect the act of narrative building in a city?

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 theatre makers and facilitators. We are most interested in engaging the young through inclusive and diverse learning spaces through our performances and workshops.

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Sanyukta Saha

Sanyukta is an Applied Theatre practitioner based out of Delhi, India. She primarily works with children and young people through drama to imagine and realise possibilities that are seemingly beyond their realms. She believes that theatre should be made accessible…

Shahid

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…

Ismail

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…

Muzammil

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,…

Nagina

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…

Devika Bedi

Devika spends her time walking frantically, staring at walls, drawing fish and drinking coffee. She graduated from Centre for Learning, Bangalore in March, 2015, took a life-changing gap year and then created chaos for a while at Swaraj University,…

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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