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Using theatre as a tool for holistic growth

Using theatre as a tool for holistic growth

The play Abinoshwar is performed by Articoll – the Theatre Group of AICURD, an NGO that has consistently been pursuing its aim to improve the quality of life of marginalised sections of population through community-based programmes of poverty alleviation and socio-economic empowerment with added attention towards Elementary Education, Health and Training for income generating activities, since 1985.

Articoll Theatre Group uses Theatre learning as a tool for holistic growth and development and provides it free of cost for its home students who take computer training in the free computer training centre of AICURD. It also conducts regular classes and workshops with eminent visiting faculty from the theatre fraternity.

On December 20, 2018, Articoll started highlighting issues of 'Youth Struggle' with its original play 'Arthur' which is written and directed by Janani Ray.

Articoll's next original production 'Simar' which is a devised musical short play, written and directed by Janani Ray, Choreographed by Umesh Bisht and Madhumita Sen, was presented at the 18th Dilli Bangla Boi Mela (18th Delhi Bengali Book Fair) 2019.

Articoll is now out with its third show in the series of productions based on 'Youth Struggle' and this is their last of the series. On August 14, 2019, 'Abinoshwar' was staged at the Muktadhara Auditorium at 7 pm. Award winning renowned Theatre Director Rabishankar Kar has directed the play, with co-directors Sachin Bisht and Janani Ray, and the play is written by the Amra Kajon Theatre Group.

The story focuses on a teenager who is burdened by his father's dreams. Abinoshwar is forced to join the rat race towards becoming a doctor and leave Benaras to live far away from home in order to pursue his training at XL Coaching Institute. The stark difference between the two worlds create unforeseen and extremely disorienting circumstances for Abi and his strength to move on is jolted.

Abinoshwar moved people with its flawless performances and received many compliments from the audience. Shri Niloy Roy, Dean, Shri Ram Centre, graced the occasion as Guest of Honor. He congratulated and complimented the entire team for putting up a highly successful show.

The cast of the play includes Akash Rajput as Abinoshwar Majhi, Abhishek as Deveshwar Majhi, Asma as Kamla Majhi, Promila as Sangita Majhi, Moin Sultan as Alok Kumar Bhattacharjee, Siddharth as Dr Pradhan, to name a few.

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