By Arjun Ghosh
A background of the Jana Natya Manch chronicles the beginning and progress of the Jana Natya Manch (Janam), a Delhi-based radical theater staff which has been lively seeing that 1973. starting within the early Nineteen Seventies, whilst a bunch of younger scholars in Delhi sought to proceed the legacy of the Indian Peoples' Theatre organization, the ebook takes an in depth yet serious examine a number 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 companies, the adventure of appearing virtually skin-to-skin with its spectators within the dirt of Indian streets, and lots more and plenty extra. This booklet is not just a narration of Janam s heritage, improvement and functioning, it's also an try and throw clean mild at the perform of theater.
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Extra resources for A History of the Jana Natya Manch: Plays for the People
Sometimes members of the audience would come up to inquire about the name of the director, since the group did not mention the name of the director claiming that it was an exercise in combined direction. Kavita Nagpal, who did most of the direction in this period, remarks: “It was just one of those things that we had decided” (Nagpal 2010). Yet we may contend that though Janam was not “Kavita Nagpal’s” group and that she did not have an ownership over it, by refusing to publicize the name of the director, the group was being romantic about the process of its creativity.
They had taken the tape recordings back to their people and reconstructed it in their own languages. (Safdar Hashmi 1989, 162) Though support from allied organizations like the trade unions were not overwhelming, the actors had to vigorously pursue the case for the role of art and theater in the political movement. It was a case of the struggle within a movement and the Janam actors played their part in establishing their point of view to the remaining constituents of the movement. But Janam too could not continue its practice of 9 10 A History of the Jana Natya Manch theater or be able to reach out to its intended spectators—the working people—without the support from the trade unions and other allied organizations.
He fires on the workers while producing sounds of gun shots orally. The workers lie dead on the ground. But this is not the end. The Sutradhar now suggests that there is another way—the workers will respond to repression by greater unity and struggle. The dead workers get up one by one with cries of “Inquilab Zindabad” (Long Live the Revolution) and encircle the Mill Owner and the Security Officer. The actors stand with 37 38 A History of the Jana Natya Manch their backs to each other at the center of the acting area and sing the “Internationale” in Hindi.
A History of the Jana Natya Manch: Plays for the People by Arjun Ghosh