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The laughter therapy

DH News Service, Bengaluru, May 31 2017, 0:04 IST
Jagdish Chaturvedi

Jagdish Chaturvedi

Associating depression with standup comedy is something quite unusual but it is this therapy with a twist that Dr Jagdish Chaturvedi is bringing to the city.

‘F for Failure’ is a unique standup comedy show that aims to bring failure out in the open. As a fundraiser, it hopes to generate funding for promotion of depression care and management which will be implemented by National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS).

“It is not about making fun of depression. Rather it is a lighter way of looking at the problem,” says Prabha S Chandra, Professor and Head, Department of Psychiatry, NIMHANS, Bangalore. “Sometimes messages in the form of metaphors are more effective than direct ones. People, especially those suffering from depression, tend to magnify even the smallest of failures in their life. This programme aims to change that.”

The 60 minute show will be divided into two parts. An opening 15-minute act will be performed by an standup comic Sneha Suhas. The remaining 45-minute headline act will be performed by Dr Jagdish Chaturvedi. The content is carefully scripted to ensure that the material is clean and sensitive to those with depression and mental illnesses.

Dr Jagdish aims to showcase a different perspective of looking at mistakes and failures. “Failures are often stigmatised in our country. As a person with an unnatural knack for making mistakes, I know how helpful errors can be in our lives. I want to propagate a message asking people to be more accepting of mistakes and seeing it as a means to grow.”

Dr Jagdish Chaturvedi is an Ear Nose Throat specialist and apart from being a serial medical device innovator with 18 medical inventions to his name, he is also the author of a book.

A theatre performer and an actor since the age of 5, Dr Jagdish has started to bring out his comedy skills through standup comedy and has performed in over 20 corporate shows and conferences.

The show will be held on June 3, 6 pm at Hall B, NIMHANS Convention
Centre.

Tickets are priced at Rs 400 and can be bought at any of the online booking portals.

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