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Know about THIS incredible Mumbai-based social initiative, working to upscale theatre training

Tabeer's journey had a humble beginning with only 7 students in a public park in Mumbai.

A non-profit theatre training platform that was started in 2019, 'Tabeer' is the brainchild of theatre enthusiast twins- Bhaumi Pathak and Purva Pathak. Their vision is to help students realise that their potential as theatre-enthusiasts shall propel them on the path of becoming change-makers. Following Lao Tzu's thought- 'Journey of a thousand miles begins with just one step', Tabeer has provided almost 100 underprivileged children, to date, with theatre training. If you too feel that this is a cause you would like to engage with, even if just as a reader, then tag along with us as we document their incredible journey!

Nurturing dramebaaz from every nukkad

Art is a medium that connects people, despite the societal, geographical or any other boundaries that may exist. Building upon this, the founders of Tabeer are providing the art of theatre training to the children coming from the disadvantaged section of the society. While Tabeer's journey began with only 7 students in a public park of Mumbai, it is currently engaged with 100 kids from 10 classrooms spread across 7 schools in 2 cities- Mumbai and Pune.

Ballu Hathi Ka Baalghar & more

Further, the students of Tabeer had successfully exhibited street plays at three different locations in Mumbai, before the coronavirus hit the world. They had even performed one stage play for Kids Education Revolution (KER); however, the pandemic did not stagnate their learnings, for Tabeer has continued its efforts digitally.

Continuing in this pandemic ridden world, 5 plays and 1 short film, Marham, have been showcased digitally along with a scriptwriting workshop by Anirudh Sridhar and an interactive session with actress Shweta Tripathi Sharma. The most recent screening was that of Ballu Hathi Ka Baalghar, which was graced by the presence of its writer- Dr Divik Ramesh.

In a conversation with Knocksense, Medha Katiyar, the director of Ballu Hathi Ka Baalghar, mentioned, "This has been the most effortless direction of my theatre career so far. Despite it being a heavy play with a running time of 45 minutes, the students stepped up to the occasion and not just for their individual roles but also as improv artists to make up for the latency faced on virtual mediums."

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Life skills also lie beyond the realm of bookish learnings and that's why our society needs more initiatives that share the principles of Tabeer. Also if for nothing else, then at least for the sake of entertainment, we all can support this endeavour in the field of theatre as, to quote the founders, "Theatre puts life in us and through Tabeer, we want to put more life to theatre".

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