Children's Theatre Program

Declaring that they are “born actors” not “born criminals” Budhan Theatre has been working since 1998 to raise awareness about the many injustices suffered by DNTs. The Children’s Theatre Program not only serves to train the next generation of Budhan Theatre actors, but also gives youth from the Chhara community an important sense of purpose and self-confidence. We are now raising money to ensure the long-term viability of this program, making sure that the kids have regular supervision and professional training.

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We are now raising money to support the Children's Program of Budhan Theater. Your donation will ensure that the kids have regular supervision and professional training.

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60 Million Still Treated as “Born Criminals”

There are an estimated sixty million Indians who still suffer the stigma of having been branded “born criminals” by the British. Things did not improved for India’s Denotified and Nomadic Tribes (DNTs) after independence. As a result of this tragic history, DNTs lag behind many other groups on a variety of indicators: literacy, nutrition, health care, etc. Vimukta was founded to support DNT communities.

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Community Library

Since it’s founding in 200X, Vimukta has been supporting the Budhan Theatre Library in Chharanagar. The Budhan Theatre Library is much more than just a library; its a community center and an informal school as well. But its first and foremost a library – and a very good one at that! It houses a large collection of (mostly donated) books in three languages: English, Hindi, and Gujarati. Each book has been carefully cataloged and given a call number!
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The Children’s Wing of Budhan Theatre

November 20th, 2012

Towards the end of Please Don’t Beat Me, Sir! there is an interview with two boys who had written a play about the Budhan Theatre library: Harry and Siddharth. They admit how scared they were that someone might forget their lines. We always get a laugh when they reveal that they wrote the mother role […]


Budhan Theatre Update July 2011

April 21st, 2012

by Roxy Gagdekar (Submitted September 2, 2011) Theatre Adult Theatre In the year 2010-11, the members of Budhan Theatre were salaried, which gave a boost to the theatre activities. Five new plays were produced: (1) The Story of Me and You; (2) Goat, written by Sarveswar Dayal; (3) Dayashanker’s Diary; (4) We are Nomads, Sir (with new […]

Vimukta Redesign

March 29th, 2012

Henry Schwarz, Alan Sussman, Shashwati and I created Vimukta to help support Budhan Theatre’s community development activities. For the past few years we’ve been supporting a community library and informal school in the community, but now that the film is coming out we are getting ready to support more ambitious projects. To prepare for that we […]