Street plays are an effective medium to spread awareness, to reach out to the masses. The medium has the power to motivate, educate and bring out the social issues prevailing in the society. Theatre or street plays, are one of the oldest and easiest way of communication through the use of face to face interaction. To prove that theater or street play is one of the most powerful medium to educate people, Chanakya International Centre, Patna has organised a street play competition AAYAM which will be held on December 30 at Ecopark, Patna. It’s a social event for school and college students where they get a chance to use their talent to spread awareness. Street plays give us the freedom to do whatever it takes to reach out to the common people. That’s the real beauty of street play.
The topics of the competition concern the community. Students of schools and colleges are free to participate in the competition and raise social issues like Terrorism, child labour, Transgender, L.G.B.T Rights, Drug abuse, Pollution, Bullying, Racism, Communal and Regional issues, Women as victims of crime among others. Students need to perform in a group of 7-15 participants with last date of registration being December 28.
Dipshi Swara and Arav Raj are the founders of AAYAM. They came up with the idea to encourage the students through such kind of events.
“We want Patna to sense the change and street plays will be one way which will attract crowd to watch it. Act, enact, shout, scream, run, move and do whatever it takes to bring out your message. There is an hidden actor in everyone.” said Dipshi Swara, the co- founder of AAYAM
“We have organised this event to spread awareness and give a platform to the youth artists of the town to come up with something simple yet innovative. This event not only gives us a chance to act but to react too, as this is for creating awareness.” – said Arav Raj
Chanakya International Centre, Patna is a NGO that has been running since 1996. The NGO Provides, vocational training, organises cultural programmes and contests for boys and girls. It also helps people by providing employment, opening training centres, constructing toilets in villages and indulging in various other activities that concern public utility and environment development.
In November, 2016, Chanakya International Centre organised “AAYAM” a debate and poster competition on social topics like child labour and gender equality. The event was a huge success with a large number of participation. “AAYAM” has taken a step forward and after giving a chance to orators and painters, is now ready to give actors a platform. “AAYAM” focuses especially on the Youths of the town and encourages them to showcase their talent.
The play will be backed by Snapclicks, Youth Conclave, Travel Gender Taboo and in association with PatnaBeats, an online media house that has always believed in motivating the youth and reconstructing the ideals of the society in order to take the status of Bihar a notch higher.
Quote of the day:“All the world's a stage and most of us are desperately unrehearsed.” ― Seán O'Casey