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About Jana Sanskriti Centre for Theatre of the Oppressed in Girish Bhavan, 42A, Thakurhat Road, Badu 2nd Main Road, BaduFor over 30 years Jana Sanskriti has been using Theatre of the Oppressed as a tool for social change with communities across West Bengal and India. We have over 30 teams, including 10 womens teams, with over 10,000 members. Made up of local people in each area, we continue to spread our work, passing on the tools for change to more and more people.
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Jana Sanskriti Centre for Theatre of the Oppressed established in 1985 was the first exponent of Theatre of the Oppressed in India.Today the Centre is seen as one of the most important point of references to the global community of Theatre of the Oppressed. Jana Sanskriti believes that there is perfection latent within every individual – waiting to be discovered and manifested. When a person discovers this perfection he is able to overcome the sense of inferiority imposed upon him by the centralised social culture. He becomes articulate, confident and capable of confronting challenges, which come on the path of development. Jana Sanskriti’s goal is to create a space in which the oppressed will have enormous scope for introspection and discovery of the self and to facilitate a meeting between the individual and the perfection within himself. For “what is this perfection but the richest resource of human society?”
Jana Sanskriti has 30 satellite theatre teams of which 10 are all women teams.These teams reach atleast 1,00,000 spectators every year through their performances.Jana Sanskriti has been organizing a bi-annual Forum Theatre festival called Muktadhara since 2004 (next scheduled in 2016). These festivals have been highly successful and attended by noted theatre personalities from India as well as from all the continents.
In November 2015 the organisation has launched the Jana Sanskriti International Research and Resource Institute. This institute will have a team of Directors and Advisors from several countries across the world justifying the Indian ethos represented in "Vasudhaiva Kutum Bakum".