Theatre of the Streets
The Jana Natya Manch Experience
Edited by Sudhanva Deshpande
On 1 January 1989, Janam was attacked in performance in a working class locality on the outskirts of Delhi. Safdar Hashmi, Janam's brilliant leader, was killed in this attack. This book contains an article by and a lengthy interview with Safdar Hashmi, in which he reflects on the Janam experience.
This books contains writings and interviews by Janam activists, by writers and directors who have worked with Janam (including the legendary Habib Tanvir), and academic researchers. These writings describe Janam's work, reflect on it, provide sharp insights, and raise hard questions.
For anyone interested in theatre and its connection with politics, society, history and culture, this book is a fascinating resource.
[A] rich collection of interviews and essays . . . The book answers many questions sceptics and fans have asked about street theatre.