Street Play on domestic help
directed by Arvind Gaur
at Delhi University,Kamla Nehru College.
10th March, 2010 at 11.45am
The play focuses on the need of decent work for domestic workers specially women.The play opens with a song ending in a marketplace of domestic girls. It shows a contractor trying to sell various categories of Girls(domestic workers ) and charging extra amount to evade the verification process.
The focus of the scene is the lack of any legislation covering domestic workers, which makes it easy to flout and buy any rules relating to them.Then the play highlights how the virtually nameless and faceless class of domestic workers is bereft of all minimum conditions of work stipulated by Law such as maternity benefits, sick leaves etc. It also draws attention to child labor.Finally the play brings to light the sexual abuse ,domestic violence ,discrimination and issue of trafficing etc of female workers and how even the police generally sides with the richer and the more influential party - the employer. The play ends on a high note putting forth some startling facts relating to domestic workers and their living conditions and thus opening up various planes of discussion.
Actors-Pankaj Raj Yadav,Shilpi Marwaha,Shiv Chauhan, Disha Arora,Saurabh Pal,Pooja Pradaan,Rahul Khanna, Himansu Maggu,Palak Bhutani,Anish Kumar,Devesh Nigam,Ketan Kalra,Narendra Thakur,Suraj Singh,Himanshu Katara,Manu Chaudhary,Arvind Keshari,Pankaj Shandilya,Dipesh Mohlay,Rahul Rai,Manoj Yadav,Sachin Saxena,Nitish,Gaurav Mishra,Tarun,Pankaj Datta,Abhay,Tarun,Shiv Kanungo.
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Asmita Theatre Group
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.
The group has 62 productions to its credit and on an average has been performing for about 60 nights a year. All these plays have been directed by ASMITA's Resident Director Arvind Gaur. For ASMITA, theatre has a purpose of awakening the audience to contemporary issues and creating a dialogue on prevailing social problems. Asmita Theatre group is also involved in street Theatre Movement. Group has performed dozens of street plays on different Socio-political issues.
Special thanks to ILO : The International Labour Organization (ILO) is devoted to advancing opportunities for women and men to obtain decent and productive work in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity. Its main aims are to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue in handling work-related issues.In promoting social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights, the organization continues to pursue its founding mission that labour peace is essential to prosperity. Today, the ILO helps advance the creation of decent jobs and the kinds of economic and working conditions that give working people and business people a stake in lasting peace, prosperity and progress.