Kyun Kyun Ladki
As in the story by Mahasweta Devi, that inspires the title of the project — Kyun Kyun Ladki was started by Sanyukta Saha to address the role of education in the lives of a group of adolescent girls in two villages of the Sawai Madhopur district in Rajasthan. Many of the girls in the area stop going to school after grade 8, making their drop-out rate much higher than that of the boys in their villages. Urbanisation and the development of tourism has further exacerbated the situation of uneven development. The aim of the project is to create a space that is safe, that nurtures curiosity, creates the possibility to connect with their dreams, and builds into an exploration and expression of the girls’ relationships with their families and larger communities. Theatre-led integrated arts methodologies will create a space for expression, critical thinking and dialogue between the girls and the community they inhabit.