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By Arjun Ghosh

A historical past of the Jana Natya Manch chronicles the start and development of the Jana Natya Manch (Janam), a Delhi-based radical theater crew which has been lively considering that 1973. starting within the early Seventies, while a gaggle of younger scholars in Delhi sought to proceed the legacy of the Indian Peoples' Theatre organization, the publication takes an in depth 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 company, its tools of attracting and coaching clean expertise, the method of scripting, interactions with mass corporations, the event of acting virtually skin-to-skin with its spectators within the dust of Indian streets, and lots more and plenty extra. This booklet is not just a narration of Janam s historical past, improvement and functioning, it's also an try to throw clean mild at the perform of theater.

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A History of the Jana Natya Manch: Plays for the People

A background of the Jana Natya Manch chronicles the beginning and development of the Jana Natya Manch (Janam), a Delhi-based radical theater team which has been lively seeing that 1973. starting within the early Nineteen Seventies, while a gaggle of younger scholars in Delhi sought to proceed the legacy of the Indian Peoples' Theatre organization, the publication takes an in depth yet severe examine some of the stages within the 4 a long time of the theatre collective.

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Sharma went on to devote himself to the group and its almost round the year activities and take up a career in theater (N. K. Sharma 2010). “We Were Thrown Out Of The Office” The arrangement by which the SFI group started using the IPTA office and performing in the name of the IPTA was not limited to logistics. The story of the ensuing tussle between the CPI and CPI(M) affiliates within the Delhi IPTA was a manifestation of similar battles for turf between the two parties in various trade unions and organizations in the early 1970s.

Hashmi 1997, 58–59). The motive behind this decision was to be able to 1 While recording and analyzing plays in this chapter, I have prioritized the chronology of plays and not of shows. That is, particular shows of plays referred to in the discussion of a play need not have occurred in the first round of shows. Janam has continued to revive and perform its earlier plays according to their relevance. In certain cases, where particular shows hold importance in the history of the Jana Natya Manch, they have been recounted separately.

There were funny gags. The occasion for the play was a demonstration that was to take place in front of the USIS office” (Hashmi 1989, 156; Nagpal 2010). Enthusiasm and Experience Though the young enthusiasts who joined in the effort to create a cultural platform for the Left and revive the IPTA in Delhi had little or no training in the theater, many of them carried with them the memories of traditional performances in villages and small towns of India, particularly North India. Safdar Hashmi who grew up in Aligarh explained the influences he carried with himself into the collective: Let us take the example of myself, the kinds of songs I learned as a child.

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