The Telegraph
Friday , August 19 , 2016

Out of the shadows, with Nandana 

“Even after so many years, when I am doing a scene I sometimes get so caught up in the moment that I have to be reminded to face the camera more,” Nandana Dev Sen shared with a bunch of college students as they rehearsed for Out of the Shadows, a shadow theatre project dealing with child sexual abuse and incest. The actress-activist, who has been advocating for this issue with Rahi Foundation for the past 16 years, dropped in at Old House on Chowringhee Road to encourage the youngsters who will perform monologues, remembrances and skits on this socially relevant and sensitive issue between August 22 and September 3 at various locations across the city. Presented by Rahi Foundation in collaboration with Arts Forward and theatre group Jhalapala, Out of the Shadows is using actors and shadow theatre to speak about an issue that, according to statistics, affects over 50 per cent of our children, yet is often spoken of only in whispers. “A special applause for the boys participating in this important initiative. We need the support of more men as well as women to raise awareness about this urgent issue,” said Nandana, as she worked with the students to develop their scripts and delivery. (Arnab Mondal)

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