By Arjun Ghosh

A heritage of the Jana Natya Manch chronicles the beginning and progress of the Jana Natya Manch (Janam), a Delhi-based radical theater crew which has been energetic on account that 1973. starting within the early 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 severe examine many of the stages within the 4 a long time of the theatre collective. the writer has additionally captured inside those pages the functioning of Janam as a firm, its equipment of attracting and coaching clean expertise, the method of scripting, interactions with mass businesses, the adventure of appearing virtually skin-to-skin with its spectators within the dust of Indian streets, and lots more and plenty extra. This e-book is not just a narration of Janam s background, improvement and functioning, it's also an try to throw clean mild at the perform of theater.

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It led the group to create more plays in the same model, making street theater a viable alternative through which their theater could reach the working people. The response from the working-class audience was tremendous. The first show of Machine was held before a small audience, the Lekhakon ki Gosthi (Group of Writers), on October 15, 1978. It was, however, the second show which was more significant in affirming Janam’s belief in street theater and to stimulate the group to continue producing and performing street plays at a phenomenal rate for the next 10 years.

Bread! Tea! Bread! Don’t you do any work other than to think of tea and bread! Worker 2: Please listen to us. (The worker stretches out his hands towards the mill owner. The mill owner turns away and covers his ears with his hands. ) Worker 3: Did you see, this is what happens. At one end there is the blood thirsty security officer, and on the other there is the owner not willing even to talk. ” The Mill Owner orders the Security Officer to lathi charge the striking workers and then fire on them.

Deshpande 2010). 11 12 A History of the Jana Natya Manch The requirements of the proposed mobile theater were: it should be low cost; it should be able to accommodate 200–500 people; it should be quick and easy to assemble and dismantle; it should be flexible for small as well as large performances as well as for putting up exhibitions; it also needed to have provisions for lighting, stage wings, and green rooms; and finally, all its components needed to fit into a light commercial vehicle, which would be used to carry the components to the venue of performance (Mistry 1997, 22).

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