Workshop on Jokering Justice- An Introduction to Theatre of the Oppressed by Sambhaavnaa Institute [Nov 12-17]: Register Now

Registrations are invited for Workshop on Jokering Justice- An Introduction to Theatre of the Oppressed by Sambhaavnaa Institute on 12-17 November.


The last few years have seen rapid transitions in every aspect of human lives. Various contemporary socio-political arenas have been trying to understand the effects this has had on what we mean by community. What constitutes a community and how has it adapted to these changes? Attempts at trying to grasp the nature of this social glue often leads us to the gateway of cultural work.  

Is Culture just Art and Architecture or is there more to it? How does it affect lives? Does it only exist in the past, to be observed from a distance? The irony is embedded in everything around us, as indigenous and folk forms of expression, like Warli Art, is being capitalised upon to be put on objects, like laptop covers and backpacks.

Does THIS constitute culture? An entire nation gets busy in celebrating Karva Chauth while communal lynching, violence and deaths due to COVID mismanagement are camouflaged with celebrations using lamps, drums and thalis. Or is THIS the new normal for Culture?

Theatre has always been synonymous with culture- not just a form through performance, but something posing with its dual nature as both the mirror and the window.  Just like any other journey, Culture moves and grows without structural frameworks. It is non-linear and chaotic in its extension.


  • The three workshops will be placed within an interval of a few months and be spread over through 2022.
  • There will be three levels: Foundation > Intermediary > Intense.
  • The resource persons (Jaya Iyer and Zubair Idrisi), along with Sambhaavnaa Institute, want to create a space and community for individuals planning to engage in TOTO methods and practices in their respective fields. This could be any arena of social development and education among other spaces. The idea is to create Agents of Change who would become TOTO practitioners in the future for issues related to justice, equality and transformation.
  • The level of information, practice methods and intensity for the workshops would step up with every level of the workshop in this sequence: Foundation > Intermediary > Intense.
  • On completion of Foundation level, participants are expected to engage with TOTO in some way, in their respective professional spaces. This will be an imperative, to be able to apply for Intermediary level. The idea is to create a timeline where training and on-field practice run simultaneously.

Who should attend?

This workshop is for change-makers, social work practitioners, activists, people associated with people’s movements, theatre artists who work on aspects of social change and young artists exploring to develop techniques for social change.

This workshop is ideal for those who want to begin using Theatre for social change processes.


Interested candidates can register via this page.


We hope that participants would contribute an amount of Rs. 6000/- towards workshop expenses, inclusive of all on-site workshop costs: boarding, lodging, and all the materials used in the workshop.


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Click here to view the official notification of Workshop on Jokering Justice- An Introduction to Theatre of the Oppressed.


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