An artistic collaboration works to raise awareness of the complexity of life in Mumbai | India is blooming

Mumbai/IBNS: Youth for Unity and Voluntary Action (YUVA), a non-profit development organization working to enable vulnerable groups to access their rights, has organized a series of programs to raise awareness of the complexities of urban life.

One of their key programs is an annual festival called ComplexCity, where they try to bring together diverse voices of Mumbai to collectively unravel the complex realities that surround the city, where participants across urban spaces share their own experiences with each other. others.

Creative collaborations, mostly conversations and musings, have traveled across the city, from colonies to college campuses, from parks to theaters, and more.

According to Roshni Nuggehalli, Executive Director of YUVA, “A series of curated platforms are facilitated by ComplexCity to help bring the city together, to create a more inclusive future together.”

Over the past few months, as part of ComplexCity, city walks have taken place in the informal settlement (basti) of Ambujwadi (Malad, Mumbai) and in the rehabilitation and resettlement settlement of Lallubhai Compound (Mankhurd, Mumbai) .

The marches were led by groups of young people from the communities themselves, who presented stories of housing and identity in the city, through their own stories.

The organization has also launched a project titled “Mumbai Migration; on Instagram, a forum where people can recount their migration journeys to Mumbai.

ComplexCity’s youth convention, “Making Mumbai”, presented diverse perspectives through panel discussions on the discrimination and violence the city faces, and what attendees can do individually and collectively to make the city inclusive for all.

The convention also included workshops and creative sessions, one-shot plays (designed by ComplexCity’s artistic consultant, Divya Bhatia, and supported by the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama – and StageLeft – India).

According to Bhatia, “street plays move people and allow for immense creativity of expression. They showcase the agency of young people and empower them to undertake change initiatives. »

The festival will end on June 11, 2022 with a cultural showcase for young people, a photography exhibition and “Baaton Mein” theatrical performances at YUVA Centre, Kharghar, Navi Mumbai.

Two competitions, on street theater and photography, are also part of the ComplexCity 2022 program.

Focused on the theme “Mumbai: Sheher Sabka” (Mumbai: The City for All), they enable young people in Mumbai to critically engage with each other in a spirit of competition and learn more about the city ​​and its inhabitants through their own interactions.

The judges for the competitions will be Bhatia and Joy Fernandes (for street pieces) and urban photographer Gopal MS (for photography).

Sharon D. Cole