To mark a year, since, the horrific gangrape of a student in Delhi on December 16, 2012; Mumbai-based theatre and protest music group / band Swaang and Delhi-based cultural group Majma, have collaborated to launch Jurrat: Aazaad Chalo, Bebaak Chalo! an initiative against sexual and gender violence.
The week-long campaign, which is an outcry of citizens to claim back the streets of the national capital, is an effort to remember the December Delhi rape victim’s fight and not allow it to fade into the oblivion of a statistical record or a number in a list of crimes that were committed in a particular year in a particularcity.
“Jurrat: Aazaad Chalo, Bebaak Chalo! is a cultural intervention on gender and sexual violence. We would be engaging with the issues through songs, drama, street theatre, poetry, exhibitions, short films, etc,” says Ravinder Randhawa of Swaang.
The campaign begins with the launch of Jurrat Karo at Habitat Centre, Delhi, on December 10, which will be followed by performances by artistes, talks and interactions facilitated by experts of sociology and women’s rights activism / law, closing with a mobile music concert, titled, Jurrat, on December 16.
The mobile music concert will chart a ‘Rape Route’ through Delhi. It will move through the city and stop at six to eight spots, where rape cases have been reported in the last five years.
At each spot, Swaang will be joined in performance of protest music by artistes like Rabbi Shergill, Sona Mohapatra, and Swanand Kirkire. A moving caravan, carrying posters, banners and artworks on bikes will make a strong visual statement.
“It’s important for any art to remain connected with the society around it — to reflect and be sensitive to social processes and be relevant to the experiences of its audiences. As artistes, we can be the medium for this process,” shares actress Swara Bhaskar, who is also a part of the initiative.