Geetanjali Kulkarni

Geetanjali Kulkarni graduated from the National School Of Drama in 1996, with a specialization in acting. She then began to work as an actor on...

Theatre for Reading: the Goshtaranga movement

First generation learners – children whose parents were not educated – do not come from a reading and writing culture. They often come from castes and communities who were historically denied access to reading and writing. Such children tend to struggle with reading and writing in school, even more so as the language taught in school tends not to be the language spoken at home, leading to a high dropout rate in schools. How can this situation be addressed?

Goshtaranga is a unique theatre-based effort that seeks to inculcate a reading culture in first time learners. Run as part of the library programme of QUEST (Quality Education Support Trust), and headed by the wonderful actress Geetanjali Kulkarni, Goshtaranga adapts delightful children’s stories into pieces of theatre and takes these to children across government and tribal schools in Maharashtra. Barely three years old, the project has already increased its reach to 22 districts of Maharashtra, and is bent on being a movement that transforms the experience of literacy and education for first-time learners in the state.

We are delighted to invite Geetanjali Kulkarni - day dreamer, theatrewali - to Mumbai Local to share with us the story and aspirations of Goshtaranga. Come hear how the effort started, how the theatre-loving culture of Maharashtra is being harnessed to scale up the impact of the programme, and how pedagogy meets theatre as actors, directors and educators work together to make children fall in love with books and reading.

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday. Please also share this email with at least 5 of your friends who may be interested in this session – anyone who believes that education has the power to transform lives. It will take two minutes of your time, but may make someone else’s evening. And do remember, if you are unable to make it to the venue, we’d love to have you join us on live feed here.

Curated by Sanjna Kapoor.
RSVP for this session begins on Monday 6th May 2019.

Geetanjali Kulkarni graduated from the National School Of Drama in 1996, with a specialization in acting. She then began to work as an actor on the Marathi and Hindi stage, and has been doing so for the last 14 years. A well-known name in the field, Geetanjali Kulkarni has been part of plays like Mukkam Post Bombilwadi, Buddhbal ani Jhabbu, Ek Rkaami Baju, Sex Morality and Censorship, and Piya Behrupiya.

Geetanjali was awarded the Z Best Actress Award (Experimental Play Category) for her role in Ek Rkaami Baju. She also received a META award for the Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Sex, Morality and Censorship.

Geetanjali has even starred in a film - Court, directed by Chaitanya Tamhane.

Venues Dates Time
Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum Sun 12 May 05:00 pm to 06:30 pm Available
12-99 yrs
1 hr , 30 min
Entry free, on a first-come-first basis. Pre-register now to save your seat.