Theatre has been a critical part of our work with adivasi communities since the inception of Yakshi. Our theatre draws from adivasi performing arts and the philosophy of Augusto Boal’s “Theatre of the Oppressed”. We use theatre as a language for people to narrate their stories where people are the actors and spectators (spect-actors).  

The recent play Bhutalli (Mother Earth) (2013) directed by N.Madhusudhan, member of Yakshi and performed by adivasis, dalits , shepherds and peasants; captures the relationship of these communities with Mother Earth. Since March 8th 2013 the play has been performed across Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. 

Timeline…

1990 -1991Arupu( Scream) – Adivasi Youth Theatre group of East Godavari District

1990Adavi (Forests)Play on forests and adivasis, a case study on Panasala Loddi village in Addatigala Mandal, East Godavari district.

1992       Play on Bonded labour with the children from bonded families ( Produced by MV Foundation, Hyderabad)

1993Bangaru Kodi Petta (Golden Hen) – On the indigenous poultry breeds of the Eastern Ghats region.

1995Gotti endira? (What is Gotti?) – Exploring the traditional governance forums of Koya and Konda Reddy adivasis of East Godavari district

1996 – What is this Reflect? – Exploring empowering techniques to bring consciousness among the people.

1998Maa Maata Vinaka Tappadu ( There is no alternative but to listen to us) – Play on gender issues and adivasi women’s struggles.

1999Gonthenum (traditional game of adivasis) – Analyzing the history of peoples movements in adivasi areas

2000Konda Konalo (In the hills)  play on the village institutions and its impact on adivasi customary governance.

2000Aadavaale Paadavale ( Women sing and dance) –play on women issues and movements.

2000- Play on animal health with Animal Health Workers of Chittoor, East Godavari and Visakhapatnam districts.

2001Mingu Mingu (Swallow swallow) – Play on the threats of WTO, Globalisation on adivasi lives and livelihoods.

2001 – Yakshi organized a state level cultural festival in D. Bhimavaram village . Nearly 18 adivasi groups performed.

2001– Play with children of Centre for Learning on Education

1995- 2001 – Gonthenum : An annual mobile Cultural campaign that travelled from village to village in adivasi areas of East Godavari district. Gonthenum is a traditional adivasi game where players have to cross several obstacles to reach their final goal. The campaign brought together people of all age groups to share, learn and dialogue with one and another.

2002Tolakari (The beginning) – a play on women and agriculture performed by an entirely adivasi women cast.This was performed in Hyderabad at the women’s theatre festival.

2002 – Theatre production On Women and communal issues of Hyderabad Old city

2003 -2005 – Yakshi team made several short plays on adivasi livelihoods and way of life.

2013         Bhutalli (Mother Earth)