- Language: Hindustani
- City / State: New Delhi
- Directed By: Dhwani Vij
- Produced By: Aagaaz Theatre Trust
Bhagi Hui Ladkiyan
Bhagi Hui Ladkiyan is an ensemble piece created for intimate spaces — both real and imaginary. The play begins on a seemingly random day and is a collection of first-hand retellings of day-to-day life in the Nizamuddin Basti from where the actors come. The four actors portray their own lived experiences; inviting the audience into their lives where they illustrate how gender and sexuality play out in their world.
CAST (Narrating their real life stories)
Dhwani Vij, Jasmine, Nagina, Nagma and Zainab: Text devised
Dhwani Vij, Jasmine, Nagina, Nagma and Zainab: Stage Design
Devika Bedi, Ismail and Muzammil: Production
Ankit Pandey: Light Design
Ismail: Lights Operation
Dhwani Vij: Sound Design
Muzammil: Sound Operation
Dhwani Vij: Director
Sanyukta Saha: Executive Producer
Devika and Sakhi U.: Rehearsal Directors
Aagaaz Theatre Trust: Producer
The performance was conceived as a part of Gender Bender 2016, supported by Sandbox Collective and Goethe Institut, Bangalore, and has been developed as a part of Refunction, a grant provided by Goethe Institut, Delhi.
This play would not have been possible without the support of Anirban Ghosh, Gayathri Sreedharan, Himanshu Kohli, Jasmine Sachdev, Lila Dhar, Manish Kumar Ray, Naveen Chand Sharma, Nishant Paul, Sanjay Kumar, Siraj Sharma, Swapnpriiya, Ujjwal Yadav, Vardhna Puri, Vrinda Misra, all the members of Aagaaz’s core group and the families of everyone involved.
We started working with the intention of exploring identity - how I see myself versus how the world sees me from the outside. Through the piece we explore the relationship between the actors’ bodies with their homes versus the spaces outside.
Bhagi Hui Ladkiyan explores the worldview of four young Muslim girls from Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti. The performance is a devised, ensemble piece created for intimate spaces - both real and imaginary. The title of the play has been borrowed from Ashok Dhanwa’s poem by the same name, which was used as part of the devising process.
The performers perform themselves.