A theatrical adaptation of the globally appreciated film and play ‘Mamma Mia’ was staged in the national capital. Featuring live singing and dance performance along with outstanding acting and a beautiful audio-visual running in the background, the first live show of the musical act ‘Mamma Mia Again!’ was held at Shri Ram Centre for Performing Arts, Mandi House from 8th December to 10th December and was highly appreciated by the audience as well as the performing arts community at large.
The 2-and-a-half hour long extraordinary musical theatrical has been organized jointly by Azad Foundation and Sakha Consulting Wings to help raise funds for their transformational ‘Women on Wheels’ programme that empowers disadvantaged women to become professional drivers.
Successfully reflecting the tagline ‘Where there is a wheel, there is a way’, the narrative of the theatrical acted as a gateway of community mobilization to achieve the larger goal of women empowerment.
For an extraordinary cause “Mamma Mia Again!” Not only fulfils our creative quests but also contributes to an extraordinary cause. It is my privilege to be associated with such a noble cause. This production is an adaptation of the internationally acclaimed film and Broadway musical. It is a story of four women who live life on their own terms and make their own choices which are sometimes right, sometimes wrong, but more importantly, they are the ones controlling their lives. While the foot-tapping music is certainly the soul of the production, the story, I believe that the story is equally interesting,” says director Ritu R Chandra, who has crafted the new-age act with immense passion.
Azad Foundation’s and Sakha’s ‘Women on Wheels’ is a social initiative that gives resource-poor women an opportunity to earn a livelihood through dignity. Azad Foundation provides transformational training, providing driving as well as self-empowerment modules such as self-defence, first aid, legal and women’s rights, to name a few, to prepare and empower women.
Once the women successfully complete the training, Sakha Consulting, Azad’s sister concern, provides employment to them in private chauffeur placements and Sakha Cabs for Women. Over the last few years, they have regularly organized street plays, film shows, musicals and discussions to engage communities and raise awareness on the significance of non-traditional livelihoods for women.