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 to every child as it develops the ability to do, to think, to feel, and to be. She founded Aagaaz in 2015. She is also a Behavioural Consultant with Maynard Leigh Associates. She has been mentored in her journey to strengthen Aagaaz by Unlimited Delhi, ARThink South Asia and Changelooms Fellowship.
Devika spends her time walking frantically, staring at walls, drawing fish and drinking coffee, when she is not fulfilling her duties as Sanyukta and Baan’s minion. 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, Udaipur. She has a keen interest in education and working with people. She also enjoys working with her hands and wants to explore arts as a medium for education. Devika has been full time at Aagaaz since May, 2017, where she enjoys mentoring, designing learning spaces, working on sexual and reproductive health session, engaging with bigger questions, learning about theatre and simply interacting with the kids who bring out the crazy in her!
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 projects as a member of Shunya, the Dramatics Society and a degree in Economics, she completed the Young India Fellowship in 2017. Hoping to never escape college, she has been studying the anthropology of higher education in India to tease out the ‘political’ in the lives of young adults as they navigate public universities. She completed her Masters in Liberal Studies in 2018. Besides a begrudging fear of growing old, the urge to demystify the collective exercise of exchanging ideas through performance, theatre, and art has been the only certainty in her life.
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, school, public performance venues, public spaces, and many national level events. He continues to surprise all the facilitators with his astute sense of stagecraft and his engagement with theatre as a language. He is also quite exceptional in terms of his abilities as a director and a leader. On multiple occasions he has facilitated creative processes with Aagaaz, the last being a new version of our constantly adapted production Duniya Sabki – taking a close look at demonetisation and what it meant for people around him. He chose to work with the language of physical theatre rather than words to tell the story.
A while back, he made it to Zakir Hussain College’s BA Programme course through ECA quota in Theatre. He learning to be a theatre maker and facilitator.
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 festivals, school, public performance venues, public spaces, and many national level events. Ismail, is possibly the most sincere and hardworking member of the core group of Aagaaz. He has grown into a confident performer with an exceptional talent when it comes to movement based work. He played one of the lead roles in Raavan Aaya, and while his performance was exceptional, what stood out was his ability to reflect on the play and his character. At 18, his ability to think critically alongwith his knowledge of history and current goings on in the world, would make him an asset to any theatre group/ company. If not in a theatre workshop, he is very often found debating something or the other
with any group of people willing to engage.
A while back, he made it to PGDAV College’s BA Programme course through ECA quota in Theatre.
He is learning to be a theatre maker and facilitator.
Saddam is a stickler for time and his commitment is commendable. At 18, he has completed higher secondary education and decided to take on theatre full time. A lover of cricket, a great visual artist and now a diligent learner of accounts, he subsists his income from Aagaaz by working at a restaurant. He has acted in all of Aagaaz’s plays. His journey with theatre began at the MCD Primary School in 2008. A founding member of Aagaaz, his desire to take on theatre for life is one of the reasons the organisation exists.
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 Aagaaz. Other than theatre she is has been co-leading Aagaaz’s sessions on gender and sexuality through Darpan. She was recently selected as a group of 8 young people from Delhi as a part of the American State Department’s project – Voices from the Margins, which brings together young people from New Delhi and New Mexico to explore relationships between cultural heritage and cultural identity.
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 been a part of plays that have performed in theatre festivals, school, public performance venues, public spaces, and many national level events. Always a smile on his face and willing to listen, he is also one to speak his mind, even if that
means challenging voices of authority in any space. Over the years we have seen Shahid pause every once in a while to reflect on who he is and where he is headed. He is never afraid to face his faults and always ready to embrace aspects of himself. He is intelligent and hardworking as a performer and always willing to go back to the drawing board.