sudhanva deshpande

  1. सफ़दर के शुरुआती साल
    12
    Apr

    सफ़दर के शुरुआती साल

    सफ़दर हाश्मी एक जानी-मानी हस्ती थे। पर शायद आप रज्जू से परिचित नहीं हैं। उसका स्वभाव कैसा था? उसे पढ़ने-लिखने का शौक़ कैसे हुआ? और उसके सेन्स ऑफ़ ह्यूमर का स्रोत क्या था? सफ़दर के जन्मदिन पर, सुधन्वा द[...]
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  2. A letter to Anand Teltumbde
    06
    Apr

    A letter to Anand Teltumbde

    Dear Anand, On Monday, there will probably be a knock on your door. Police officers are likely to arrive to arrest you. They will carry with them a range of papers, a file overflowing with notes that refer to the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and the Indian Penal Code. There will be plenty of references to the village of Bhima Koregaon near Pune. These papers will make hallucinatory accusations against you and others. It is hard to keep up with them: you incited violence in Bhima Koregaon[...]
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  3. Guru and Shishya: Habib Tanvir does a play with Janam
    27
    Mar

    Guru and Shishya: Habib Tanvir does a play with Janam

    On World Theatre Day, we decided to share an extract from Sudhanva Deshpande’s Halla Bol: The Death and Life of Safdar Hashmi. In it Sudhanva narrates how they made the play Moteram ka Satyagraha, a play about a gluttonous man chosen by the British to go on a hunger strike against the nationalist strike called by the Congress. In May 1988, a beaming Safdar walked in during a rehearsal to inform his Jana Natya Manch friends that Habib Tanvir had agreed to do a play with them. They decided to [...]
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  4. ‘Halla Bol’: A book of modern Indian history
    03
    Feb

    ‘Halla Bol’: A book of modern Indian history

    January 6, 2020. Breathless. I have to put words down as I read else I’ll be left with none by the end of Halla Bol. As I tumble through the first chapter, I feel I am in a film. Somewhere I have read spoilers, I know how this will end. Even so, I am on the edge of my seat praying for a miracle. Every hard detail – new shoes, a green sweater, a cycle rickshaw, bamboo stick broken like twigs, a refrigerated room – seared into my mind’s eye. The cuts are too fast, the angles too crazy. A [...]
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  5. The Journey of ‘Halla Bol: The Death and Life of Safdar Hashmi’, Part 3
    28
    Dec

    The Journey of ‘Halla Bol: The Death and Life of Safdar Hashmi’, Part 3

    As he lay agonising over the nearly-finished manuscript, Sudhanva would share, every now and then, nuggets from the Janam photo archive. Read on. There’s a lot here that didn’t make it into the final text. (Click on the sub-heads to see individual Facebook posts.) Halla Bol: The Death and Life of Safdar Hashmi will be out on January 1, 2020. Do join us for the book launch at Jhandapur that day. << Part 1 – The Journey of ‘Halla Bol’ | Part 2 – The Journey of ‘Halla Bol’[...]
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