Sushama Deshpande

Sushama Deshpande is an exceptionally brilliant communicator, who gives a voice to the rebel within using theatre as a medium. Gifted with clear...

The Transformative Power Of Fun

Sushama Deshpande, hailing from Baramati and having spent the last 3 decades holding Savitribai Phule close to her heart with her phenomenal performance Vhay, mee Savitribai, says frankly that she has a strong attachment to rural women. So in 1997, when she was offered the opportunity to develop a women's support group for the Pune District Credit Cooperative, she jumped at the chance.

Her philosophy for driving transformation is both simple and profound. "Women should have fun to open their minds and think," she declares disarmingly.

We are delighted to invite Sushama-tai - Actor, communicator & practicing Theatre Journalist - to Mumbai Local yet again. This time, she will take us through the story of her work in building the cooperative, drawing on all things cultural to get women to speak, to write, to stand up, to take charge. She will share with us how she brought her knowledge and sensibility, both as a theatre person and a feminist, to bear on the this transformative work, and the loads of fun she had with the participating women in the process!

Expect a story of rooted, culturally sensitive, feminist practice that operates with a great sense of equality amongst people. Expect also a peek into a story of change that grounds itself in celebration, laughter and a growing sense of self. And see how the spirit of theatre seeps into this extraordinary journey.

We look forward to seeing you at this Mumbai Local. Also, do help us spread the word by bringing your family/ friends along who would be interested in this session.

For those of you who absolutely cannot make it to the venue, we will be live on Facebook for you.
Join us on our page at 5 pm on Saturday, 7 April.

@ MCubed Library, Bandra (W) - 1st Sat, 5 pm
@ Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Byculla (E) - 2nd Sun, 5 pm
@ Kitab Khana, Fort - 3rd Fri, 5:30 pm

Sushama Deshpande is an exceptionally brilliant communicator, who gives a voice to the rebel within using theatre as a medium. Gifted with clear sense of independence and deep sense of social responsibility, she applies theatre as tool for her own expression.

Theatre is her passion and communication is her profession. To apply different communication techniques like theatre and different cultural forms to empower women and men is her mission, her dream.

Sushama Tai has been in the field of theatre for over 40 years - writing, directing and performing. She believes in theatre journalism and enjoys presenting strong women personalities in theatre. Her most iconic play is 'Whay Mi Savitribai', based on the life of social reformer, Savitribai Phule. Sushama Tai has also written and directed a play on the women saints of Maharashtra, 'Baya Daar Ughad', which is about the deep feminist thinking of the 13th to 18th C poets of Maharashtra.

Her other works includes two plays with Sangali sex workers, 'My Mother The Gharwali, her Malak and his wife' and 'Ham aur Tum Sab'; a play with the LGBT community, 'To Tee Te ....He, She, It.....'; and 'Chitragoshti', a play based on Dr. Sudhir Patwardhan's paintings. Sushama Tai has also edited Dalit writer, Urmila Pawar's autobiography, 'Aaydaan' and directed a play based on the same. She has learned Theatre of Oppressed techniques with late Augusto Boal.

Venues Dates Time
12-100 yrs
1 hr , 30 min
Entry free, on a first-come-first basis. Pre-register now to save your seat.