Paulo Freire                 Augusto Boal

Welcome to CCDC's

National Theatre of the Oppressed Conference

Diversity Dialogues 2014

Exploring the Liberatory Potential of Theatre of the Oppressed in Indian Society

November 26-30, 2014, Bangalore, India

The Conference that was...

(A write up about the 5 fun-filled conference days - pictures and all!)

Why this conference

The need for dialogue that seeks to find peaceful solutions to conflict is being increasingly felt in our personal, social, and political life. Theatre of the Oppressed, a tool for individual and social transformation developed by the Brazilian theatre practitioner Augusto Boal, has been used widely for creating and enlarging spaces for such dialogue.

Since the 1990s, several individuals and groups in India have been using Theatre of the Oppressed to help people fight oppression in their lives. There are several educators and activists who are also engaged in the struggle to create a more just and equitable society . This Conference is an opportunity for all of us to come together and explore the liberatory pedagogy of Theatre of the Oppressed and its potential to integrate the work being done in the different fields of education, theatre and activism.  

Watch a video about the conference here

You can register for the conference at this link.


November 26, 27 and 28

"Scripting the Play instead of Playing the Script"

Workshop with Sanjoy Ganguly, Director, Jana Sanskriti Centre for Theatre of the Oppressed.

This is an advanced  workshop open only to those who have participated in or facilitated a Theatre of the Oppressed workshop before.

The number of participants for the workshop will be limited to 35.

The workshop will conclude with a Forum performance on the evening of 28th.

November  29 and 30

Diversity Dialogues : Exploring the Liberatory Potential of Theatre of the Oppressed

This 2 day Conference is open to all those who are interested in Theatre of the Oppressed and its applications in India. 


  • Liberatory Pedagogies in the Indian Context 
  • Women in TO  
  • "Creating "multipliers" - Issues in Theatre of the Oppressed Facilitator Training


Abhishek Goswami (Azim Premji Foundation)

Aditi Desai (Jashwant Thaker Memorial Foundation, Ahmedabad)

Anita Ratnam (Samvada, Bangalore)

Benson Issac ( Samvada and Azim Premji University)

Sabrina, Suresh, Sudhati (Chindu , Hyderabad )

Evan Hastings (Shadow Liberation, Bangalore)

Jaya Iyer (New Delhi)

CS Lakshmi (SPARROW, Mumbai)

Lalitha Iyer (Plus Trust, Bangalore)

Lokesh Jain (New Delhi)

Navjeevan Singh (University College of Medical Sciences, New Delhi)

Neela Gupta (Baroda)

Neha Naqvi (New Delhi)

Radha Ramaswamy (Centre for Community Dialogue and Change, Bangalore)

Rajani Ramachandran (Calicut)

Ramu Ramanathan (Mumbai)

Sima Ganguly (Jana Sanskriti, Kolkata)

Sanjoy Ganguly ( Jana Sanskriti, Kolkata)

Shekhar Seshadri (National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences , Bangalore)

Sushama Deshpande (Pune and Mumbai)

The Centre for Community Dialogue and Change (CCDC) came into being in 2011 with the mission of promoting Theatre of the Oppressed in India especially in the field of education.

We offer this National Conference to all those who work or wish to work with this unique tool, to have conversations, to understand who we are, and what we wish to be.

Welcome to Diversity Dialogues!  

Radha Ramaswamy

Organising Chairperson, Diversity Dialogues

Founder, Centre for Community Dialogue and Change


November 26-30, 2014


Vidyadeep CollegeUlsoor Road, Bangalore, India.

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Dr. Ramaswamy PS

Organising Secretary , 

A6, Grasmere Apartments,Osborne Road, Bangalore 560042

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