Theatre of the Streets

The Jana Natya Manch Experience

Edited by Sudhanva Deshpande

Jana Natya Manch, New Delhi, 2013

182 pages

Price INR 150.00
Book Club Price INR 112.00

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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.

Sudhanva Deshpande

Sudhanva Deshpande is an actor and director with Jana Natya Manch (Janam), a radical political theatre group based in New Delhi, and Managing Editor with LeftWord Books since its inception in 1999. He has edited Theatre of the Streets: The Jana Natya Manch Experience (Janam 2007) and co-edited Our Stage: The Pleasures and Perils of Theatre Practice in India Today (Tulika 2009). He has co-directed two documentary films on Naya Theatre and Habib Tanvir. He has been involved in the creation and teaching of India's first capacity building training course for theatre, SMART. Since 2012, he has been involved in the conceptualisation, creation, administration and programming of Studio Safdar and May Day Bookstore, New Delhi.


[A] rich collection of interviews and essays . . . The book answers many questions sceptics and fans have asked about street theatre.