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We The People: Addressing Disability With Humour

Sweta Mantrii, a Pune-based stand-up artiste with a disability uses her skits to highlight disability and biases associated to people with this condition

Sweta Mantrii, Stand-up With Disability

One of few stand-up comedians with disability, Sweta Mantrii, a Pune-based writer and funny woman, took up stand-up comedy in 2017. Although her skits deal with an array of themes, she mostly aims to use the art to talk about disability. “People often ask me ‘Why don’t you do regular jokes?’,” says Mantrii. “I have no problem doing those, but right now, I want to talk about disability because it is what I am facing, and it is what comes to mind.”

For Mantrii, comedy is a medium to start discussing disab­ility, and help people address their biases. “I am in my 30s, and my parents serve me tea in my room—I make jokes on such things. When people see a disabled person, they rush to help them cross the road. I say, first ask the person if they need your help,” she says. Mantrii believes she needs to learn a lot more to master her craft. “Comedy is not easy,” says the artist, adding, “it takes time to learn the basics. And in my case, there are more layers, because I would go to the stage with my crutches, and my humour features disability.”

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