Performing Arts

The Performing Arts track of The Goa Project 2016

Robin Chaurasiya


Lal Batti Express

Submitted Jan 14, 2016

  1. To break stereotypes and change mindsets associated with sex work and living in a red-light district
  2. To emphasise that daughters of sex workers deserve to be given the same opportunities as any other girl
  3. To build girls’ confidence and allow avenues for healing through the performing arts


Lal Batti Express (Red-Light Express) is an hour-long depiction of the trials and tribulations faced by sex workers, their children, and other inhabitants of Kamathipura, one of Asia’s most notorious red-light districts. This three-segment depiction sheds light on our past, present and future – our mothers’ work, our childhoods spent in brothels and NGOs, the discrimination we have faced, the struggles we have overcome, and our hopes and dreams for the future.

Lal Batti Express is written, directed and performed entirely by Krantikaaris (Revolutionaries), daughters of sex workers. By sharing their stories, the girls at Kranti wish to raise awareness about sex workers’ lives and their daily struggles. They have performed their play at over 50 venues in various cities across India and America in front of over 100,000 people.


  1. An open mind.
  2. Speakers for music playback from phone or laptop.

Speaker bio

Kranti is an NGO which empowers girls from mumbai’s red light area to become agents of social change.



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