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By Arjun Ghosh

A historical past of the Jana Natya Manch chronicles the start and progress of the Jana Natya Manch (Janam), a Delhi-based radical theater staff which has been energetic in view that 1973. starting within the early Nineteen Seventies, while a bunch of younger scholars in Delhi sought to proceed the legacy of the Indian Peoples' Theatre organization, the publication takes a detailed yet severe examine some of the stages within the 4 many years of the theatre collective. the writer has additionally captured inside of those pages the functioning of Janam as a firm, its equipment of attracting and coaching clean expertise, the method of scripting, interactions with mass companies, the event of acting virtually skin-to-skin with its spectators within the filth of Indian streets, and masses extra. This publication is not just a narration of Janam s historical past, improvement and functioning, it's also an try and throw clean mild at the perform of theater.

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Shyamal Mukherjee directed the production (K. Ghosh 2010). They realized that while they worked for the SFI, the issues that they addressed through their theater went beyond those of the student movement. As they worked more and more, they inched toward a desire to give shape to a full-fledged theater group. It was at this stage that the group, under the guidance of the CPI(M), realized that if they were to gain a foothold in the progressive cultural movement of Delhi, they had to revive the legacy of the IPTA in Delhi.

I work for the machine, and for the owner of the machine and nothing more than that. At least for the owner nothing at all” (Jana Natya Manch 2002f, 18)—is contrasted to the final action where the Mill Owner and the Security Officer find themselves at the mercy of the collective force of the workers. Third, though the machine is owned by the Mill Owner, he is not its sole architect, a position which is contrary to capitalist values. ” The understanding that the machine is man-made opens the possibility for it to be dismantled—a task the success of which becomes obvious by the end of the play—“Who can stop the workers?

In certain cases, where particular shows hold importance in the history of the Jana Natya Manch, they have been recounted separately. For instance, though DTC ki Dhandhli (The Stratagems of the DTC) was performed in 1979, the arrests of Janam members for a repeat performance in 1986 are mentioned later. The Early Years (1973–1980) produce plays, which will satisfy the constraints of limited resources. In search for ideas and material, Janam started talking to various people. It was at this time that it came across the case of Herig-India, a chemical factory in Ghaziabad.

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