Kamathipura ki Zindagi

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by Robin Chaurasiya on Saturday, January 4, 2014


Session type

Technical level


Kamathipura ki Zindagi, a 25 minute play by girls from Kamathipura, shares the life stories of several sex workers and asks challenging questions about why sex workers and their children are marginalized.


Kranti empowers girls from Mumbai's red-light areas to become agents of social change. One of Kranti's beneficiaries, Shweta Katti, led a workshop at the Goa Project last year. She recently became the first girl from an Indian red-light area ever to study abroad when she moved to New York to study psychology.

This year, Kranti would like to present a play called “Kamathipura Ki Zindigi" - written, directed and performed by the real characters – girls who grew up in Kamathipura. The play will give the audience a sneak peek into the real lives of people involved in sex trade, voluntarily and involuntarily, as well as the daily struggles faced by sex workers and their children.

The play was a big success at Thespo Youth Theater Festival at Prithvi Theater in December 2013. Through this play, the girls ask challenging questions about why sex workers and their children are marginalized. As 19-year-old Sheetal says, "This play includes two characters from my life - my mother was a bar dancer and sex worker for ten years, and when she used to work, I stayed with my auntie, a hijra sex worker. I love being able to share the stories of both my moms using theater."

This play can be followed by a Q&A session.


Prefer hands-free microphones for all 9 performers but will adjust to whatever is available.

Speaker bio

The performers are nine girls, ages 12-19 who have either grown up in red-light areas, have been forced to do sex work against their will, or are daughters of current sex workers.