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Use of Theatre of the Oppressed in Community Development: A Case Study of Jana Sanskriti NGO, West Bengal

Social Work Chronicle

Volume 8 Issue 1

Published: 2019
Author(s) Name: Rashmi Jha, Subhashree Sanyal | Author(s) Affiliation: Research Scholar, Department of Social Work, Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan, West Bengal, India.
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Abstract

Theatre has always given a platform to the common people to share their emotions, feelings as well as express their discomfort on the happenings around them. There are various forms of theatre which has emerged historically; they can be classified broadly as – Proscenium theatre i.e. theatre for the stage and flexible theatre for the field and of/for oppressed. Theatre of the oppressed initiated by Augusto Boal has been used in different forms for the development of the community. Different forms of theatre are used to address the social issues in the communities for their development. They are third theatre, street theatre, forum theatre, playback theatre, intimate theatre, invisible theatre and others. These form of theatre play a relevant role in social awareness and community transformation. It is a medium for empowering the communities, a medium to voice their problems and encourage them to solve their problem with the help of their own resources. The present paper presents reflections from case study of Jana Sanskriti, an organization who are using theatre as a method of social intervention and bringing about social change.

Keywords: Theatre, Community Development, Oppressed, Participation

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