By Arjun Ghosh
A background of the Jana Natya Manch chronicles the start and progress of the Jana Natya Manch (Janam), a Delhi-based radical theater team which has been energetic on the grounds that 1973. starting within the early Nineteen Seventies, while a gaggle of younger scholars in Delhi sought to proceed the legacy of the Indian Peoples' Theatre organization, the e-book takes a detailed yet severe examine some of the levels 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 tools of attracting and coaching clean expertise, the method of scripting, interactions with mass enterprises, the adventure of acting nearly skin-to-skin with its spectators within the filth of Indian streets, and lots more and plenty extra. This e-book isn't just a narration of Janam s background, improvement and functioning, it's also an try and throw clean gentle at the perform of theater.
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Somebody took away my harmonium. …People actually pushed us, “jayiye yahan se [go from here]”. (K. Ghosh 2010) Some of the members—including Kajal Das, Partho Ghosh, and Arun Sharma—formed a group of their own called Theatre Ensemble. 33 34 A History of the Jana Natya Manch They performed Anton Chekhov’s The Beer at the Little Theatre Group Auditorium in Delhi. Rakesh Saxena also acted in that play (Manoja and Sharma 2010; N. K. Sharma 2010). The group resumed its activity in 1977 with Jab Firangi Laut Aye (When the White Men Were Back), a play which connected John Bull’s colonial ambitions with the advent of foreign multinational corporations (MNCs).
But Janam responded to the situation politically. Terror was exactly the motive of Safdar’s murderers. On the evening of January 1, 1989, when it was clear that Safdar Hashmi was already brain dead, a peculiar mood descended on the members of Janam. Their reaction at that moment of crisis can be gauged from the words of Vijay Kalia: A strange anger came over me. Perhaps I could have attacked if any one had confronted me at that time. But there was a sensibility that controlled me, that told me that we should not act like this nor think like this.
They did a play, Kimlish, a short play on the workingclass movement in Bihar translated from Bangla (Hashmi 1989, 148). 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.
A History of the Jana Natya Manch: Plays for the People by Arjun Ghosh