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Stand-up Comedy by Hriday Ranjan & Sandesh Johnny at Phoenix Arena

Hyderabad, 16th November 2017: As part of the week long Agaaz-e-Baatcheet program - a call to ‘initiate a conversation’ on Interfaith; being organised by Rubaroo and supported by the British Deputy High Commission, Hyderabad, the fourth day saw two stand up artists Hriday Ranjan and Sandesh Johnny tickled the funny bone of the audience and left them in splits, on Thursday at Phoenix Arena, Hitech City. 

Agaaz-e-Baatcheet is a weeklong Interfaith event from 12th-19th November 2017 in Hyderabad. The program celebrates religious diversity through community cohesion. It is a secular platform for young people to interpret and reflect deeply upon the underlying message of different religions and religious identities, finding and celebrating the commonalities between them. 

Interfaith and Comedy don't seem to have a meeting ground, but these two Standup artists crack it up on the theme of Interfaith and what it means for Hyderabadi's to be so diverse and yet so similar. The artist Sandesh is a frustrated Amazon employee by day and a stand-up comedian by night, he is like the Dark Knight of the funny world with dark being his style of comedy. One of Hyderabad’s best upcoming comics, Sandesh Johnny grew up in a strict Christian background, and he took revenge by joking about it. Hriday Ranjan is a very popular and professional Stand Up Comedian from Hyderabad. 

About 'Agaaz-e-Baatcheet' 

Rubaroo selected 125 Youth Champions, between the age group of 18-25 years, who in turn are organising Agaaz-e-Baatcheet. These youth champions from diverse socio economic, religious and gender backgrounds across Hyderabad, were part of a month long journey through a series of activities including workshops on the theme of Interfaith and Identity, symposium with religious leaders of different faiths, conversations with peers from heterogeneous religious communities, and Social Action Projects. 

Some of the participating institutions are: Amjad Ali Khan College of Business Administration; Andhra Vidyalaya College of Arts, Science, and Commerce; Babu Jagjeevan Ram Government Degree College; Bhavans New Science Degree College; Dr. VRK Womens Medical College; G. Narayanamma Institute Of Technology; Government City College; Gokaraju Rangaraju Institute of Engineering Technology; Government Degree College Hussaini Alam; Madina Degree College; Mathru Sri Jr College; Maulana Azad National Urdu University; MNR Degree College; Nanakram Bhagwandas Science College; New Govt Degree College; PRR Law College; Roda Mistry College Of Social Work And Research Centre; Roots College; Shadan Institute Of Medical Science; Sindhu Junior College; Sri Chaitanya Junior Kalashala Govt Degree College; Government Junior College; Osmania University and Vivekananda degree College.

The Social Action Projects will include community walks, food festivals, street plays, short films, musical events, social media campaigns, photo competition, radio show, and other such activities in different parts of Hyderabad. 

The forthcoming events during the week include Qissebaazi by The Hoshruba Repertory by Padma Damodaran & Kailash Waghmare, Directed by Danish Hussain on 17th November; Musical Kabir Evening by Vedanth Bharadwaj & Shruthi Vishwanath, on 18th November and Grand Closure Event, with Neeraj Arya’s Kabir Cafe on 19th November. 

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