Delhi emerged like a magic box in my life: : FOV in colleges and communities

Last week, Mittika along with Humsaa performed at three different locations around Delhi, namely Mata Sundari College, and in two night shelters – one near Bangla Saheb, and another close to Nizamuddin. These events used theatre to present powerful stories of real women living in Delhi, and used these stories to spark discussions on important issues.
The performances involved weaving together three different stories of struggle and resistance. They addressed the themes of gender-based violence, migration and caste.

The theatre group used a black box in their performances, which symbolised the ills in our society. Each story involved a protagonist coming out of that box and narrating a story of resistance and victory. One of the unique things about this show was that one of the performers, Jyoti, shared her own story through the medium of theatre.
The performances were followed by interactive discussions with the audience members. According to the performers, ‘a certain kind of connection was built between the audience and the team through the performance.’ Due to this connection, many of the audience members felt comfortable enough to share their own stories.

Rita, whom the team met in the Night Shelter at Bangla Sahib shared her story of getting out of the cycle of abuse and starting a new life in Delhi, a city which gave her the means to improve her quality of life. By living in Delhi, she was able to land a stable job and earn enough for herself and her daughter. “Delhi emerged like a magical box in my life and gave me the strength, power and hope to live on.” she said.
Another audience member shares, “I never stopped loving Delhi. I know for a fact that the time I spend here will not come back. There are reasons to cry but why not focus on the reasons to laugh.”

Another audience member shares, “I never stopped loving Delhi. I know for a fact that the time I spend here will not come back. There are reasons to cry but why not focus on the reasons to laugh.”

The community members with whom our team interacted with were delighted to be a part of the FOV journey. They appreciated the effort that the organizations involved in this project have taken on to show Delhi in a new light, which is positive and empowering.