Remember the tale of Aladdin, Jasmine and the Genie who battle an evil sorcerer? Call it the election effect, for these days Aladdin battles much more including GST and corruption.A play performed by class 4 and 5 students of Brams School in Isanpur have given a modern twist to a fairy tale. The students who performed at Tagore Hall as part of The Footlights Theatre group wove a story of corruption including the problems with GST and other modern day troubles into the fairy tale.The performance by 15 students had Afiya Ansari, a girl, playing Aladdin. “The children were trained at a workshop of the Footlights Theatre for free. These kids belong to low income families. They performed Aladdin but changed the story a bit to highlight the troubles of modern day including corruption and GST,” said Arpit Upadhyay who teaches at the school. Upadhyay, a Teach For India fellow has dedicated two years to teach/help kids in underprivileged English Medium schools.”This is not the conventional story of Aladdin. It also has a king and a corrupt minister and how Aladdin and their friends catch them,” said Upadhyay. He said the students practiced every weekend for a month to get the story and their lines right. “Theatre is one of the ways we use to let children express their creativity and build their confidence,” said Upadhyay.Gauri Bakshi, founder of the Foothlights Theatre, said the year-old initiative provides theatre workshops for school students. “Today we have performance by students trained in our workshop as well as performance by over 50 students from across the country including Rajasthan, Kerala and Maharashtra. These kids will be performing various art forms that they are involved with since their childhood,” said Bakshi.Bakshi said there were not many avenues for children’s theatre in the city and this was a way of providing some.FACTS & FICTIONThe play, performed by class 4 and 5 students of Brams School in Isanpur, has given a modern twist to a fairy tale. The participating students belonged to low-income families.
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