Theatre of the Streets: The Jana Natya Manch Experience (Used)
Authors: Arjun Ghosh, Dia da Costa, Govind Deshpande, Habibtanvir, Moloyashree Hashmi, Safdar Hashmi, Sudhanva Deshpande
Edited By Sudhanva Deshpande
PB | pp. 184 | 2013 | Jana Natya Manch | Used
Theatre of the Streets is a rich collection of interviews and essays related to The Jana Natya Manch — the street theatre connected with activism in India.
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Jana Natya Manch (Janam) is India’s best-known radical street theatre group. Founded in 1973, the group has done about 8,500 performances of its 90-odd street and proscenium plays in over 140 towns, cities and villages of India.
On January 1989, the group was attacked in performance in a working class locality on the outskirts of Delhi. Safdar Hashmi, Janam’s brilliant leader, was killed in this attack. This book contains an article by and a lengthy interview with Safdar Hashmi, in which he reflects on the Janam experience. This book contains writings and interviews by Janam activists, by writers and directors who have worked with Janam (including the legendary Habib Tanvir), and academic researchers.
These writings describe Janam’s work, reflect on it, provide sharp insights, and raise hard questions. For anyone interested in theatre and its connection with politics, society, history and culture, this book is a fascinating resource.
Arjun Ghosh, Dia da Costa, Govind Deshpande, Habibtanvir, Moloyashree Hashmi, Safdar Hashmi, Sudhanva Deshpande
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About the Editor
Sudhanva Deshpande has been with Janam since 1987. He is an actor, director and writer. He has co-directed, with Sanjay Maharishi, a film on India’s preeminent theatre artiste, Habib Tanvir, and his company Naya Theatre. He has held teaching positions at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, and the A.J.K. Mass Communication Research Centre, Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi. He works as editor at Left Word Books.
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