A History of the Jana Natya Manch: Plays for the People by Arjun Ghosh

By Arjun Ghosh

A heritage of the Jana Natya Manch chronicles the delivery and progress of the Jana Natya Manch (Janam), a Delhi-based radical theater crew which has been energetic for the reason that 1973. starting within the early Nineteen Seventies, while a bunch of younger scholars in Delhi sought to proceed the legacy of the Indian Peoples' Theatre organization, the e-book takes a detailed yet serious examine a few of the levels within the 4 many years of the theatre collective. the writer has additionally captured inside of those pages the functioning of Janam as a firm, its tools of attracting and coaching clean expertise, the method of scripting, interactions with mass enterprises, the adventure of appearing virtually skin-to-skin with its spectators within the filth of Indian streets, and lots more and plenty extra. This booklet isn't just a narration of Janam s background, improvement and functioning, it's also an try to throw clean gentle at the perform of theater.

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The next chapter, “A Different Proscenium,” will highlight the group’s periodic proscenium productions as a commitment to intervene in the mainstream of Indian theater. Moteram ka Satyagrah and Ek Aurat Hipeshia Bhi Thi (There Was a Woman Named Hipeshia, 1999) were occasions in which the group collaborated with Habib Tanvir. Other proscenium productions also became occasions for Introduction collaborations with leading Indian directors. Satyasodhak (The Seeker of Truth, 1992), written by G. P. Deshpande and Sambuk Vadh by Brijesh were significant interventions on the issue of caste oppression in the history of the Indian stage.

19 PART I 2 The Early Years (1973–1980) The turn of the decade around 1970 was a period of unease in Indian politics. The egalitarian dreams born at Independence, sustained over the years of Nehruvian planning, were wearing out. The disquiet among the people was being reflected in growing authoritarianism in the central government as the Congress lost its position of being the undisputed ruling party of India. Along with various political forces that were making efforts to make most of the political vacuum thus created, the Left too was attempting to bolster its strength.

The second show was in front of a 7000strong trade unionist audience from all over the country. There was a big trade union conference in Delhi and it was being held in the Indoor Stadium, and there is this well in the centre and tiered stairs all around and we said that we’d go and perform Machine there. Naturally, if it’s a conference of trade unionists, we should be there. Our comrades here in Delhi said, “No, no, no, very serious things are going to be discussed, you can’t do some play-vay and Introduction all that now.

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