At Ladli we believe in engaging with the beneficiaries through activities. Activities help us build their interest and create a lasting impact. Ladli in collaboration with Asmita theatre has organized street plays to achieve this end and create a visibility for the issues.
Street plays are one of the most effective way to connect with the common man of the society . Street plays or’ Nukad Natak’ breaks the formal barriers, approaches the people directly and address the social/political message head-on with the help of drama. The crisp script, catchy dialogues, local language and loudness help in making a long lasting and powerful impact on the minds of viewers. Ladli foundation is in a collaboration with Asmita Theatre, one of the leading theatre group in Delhi to create awareness and lead the way towards positive change in society.
ASMITA, one of the leading Hindi theatre groups in the country stands committed to aesthetically innovative and socially relevant theatre. Since its inception in 1993, ASMITA has carved a niche for itself in the Indian theatre scene by staging plays of varied socio-political interest while not losing out mass appeal. The group takes up contemporary issues to underline the contours of our time while providing the best of entertainment.
Here are 3 significant street plays by this group in association with Ladli Foundation that are appreciated by masses.
DASTAK : Eve teasing is a very common social problem and everyday a large number of women come across some form of eve teasing and harassment. The street play Dastak shows this growing social problem and oppose it in a very strong way. ‘Dastak’ shows the forms of sexual aggression that ranges in severity from sexually suggestive remarks, brushing in public places, catcalls, to outright groping in a very sensitive way. Sometimes in society it is referred to with a coy suggestion of innocent fun, making it appear harmless with no resulting liability on the part of the performer. Most of the time society try to hide this ghastly and sickening mentality by brushing such crimes under the carpet and blaming the victims, thereby normalizing the existence of “rape culture”. In various scenes the street play uses some misogynistic Bollywood film dialogues and songs that raises questions about how problematic these are and how casually society is accepting these type of casual sexism. The street play appeals to the public to take a strong stand against all types of harassment and make society a safer place for women.
NASHA : The Street play Nasha portrays one of the serious issue in society that is drug abuse and addiction. Drug addiction is becoming a grave problem in society. Those people who fall in the trap of drug give different reasons for it, some of them get introduced to drugs by their peers, some are from dysfunctional families, some of them use it to look cool. And some are genuinely genetically vulnerable, impulsive by nature who start consuming drugs just to seek a thrill. The street play raises the problems causes by drug addiction and through some dialogues it spreads awareness about the legal aspect of drug issue too. It is high time that society should take early and decisive steps to address drug problems. The street play ‘Nasha’ urges people to prevent and combat drug problem.
WO DIN: Discrimination against menstruating women is widespread in India, where menstruation is still considered to be dirty and impure. There are lots of taboos associated with it. Menstruating women are often excluded from social and religious events, denied entry into temples and shrines and even kept out of kitchens. Large number of people considered periods as dirty, explaining why menstruating women are often ostracised from social and cultural activities and are forced to put up with all sorts of restrictions. The street play significantly highlight the issue of ‘Period Shaming’ . It is time to realise that menstruation is just a biological process and the secrecy surrounding it must go. ‘Wo din’ give emphasis on menstrual hygiene and urges to normalise menstruation and destroy taboos around this natural process.