Student Street-Play Artists make waves in Pune City

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What happens when sensitivity and creative expressions are together at their best – that, too, on a critical social issue facing the society…….. The student leaders from 9 different colleges of Mumbai affiliated to Men Against Violence and Abuse (MAVA) gave magical performances of their street-play ‘Uski Ghutan’ (Her Suffocation) performed last 2 days in various parts of Pune city.

Enthralling the crowds of passer-bys at Abeda Inamdar College – Azam Campus, Sant Namdev School, Mahatma Phule Mandai, the historic fortification Shaniwarwada, Fergusson College, Hari Desai College and Marathwada  Mitramandal College, the team put up 10 shows, for various groups, on the theme of Preventing Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace.

The play connected with the gathered crowd so well – school students expressing how the play had scenes which they expressed in daily life but didn’t knew whom to talk to when sexually harassed and how the teachers felt the play empowered them how to take the topic further in a sensitive manner; many onlooker college students who were aware about the topic but didn’t knew who all are part of the Redressal Mechanism in their own Colleges; spectators sharing personal anecdotes and experiences as growing-up girls….

With valuable support in arranging the play by Siddharth Kamble, Achyut Borgavkar from Tathapi Trust, Aarti Khatu from Fergusson College, Waheeda Sheikh  and MASUM, the energetic team from MAVA was able to reach out to a wider youth population in 2 days… Cheers!

Harish Sadani
Co-founder & Chief Functionary, Men Against Violence and Abuse (MAVA)

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