A History of the Jana Natya Manch chronicles the birth and growth of the Jana Natya Manch (Janam), a Delhi-based radical theater group which has been active since 1973.
Beginning in the early 1970s, when a group of young students in Delhi sought to continue the legacy of the Indian Peoples' Theatre Association, the book takes a close but critical look at the various phases in the four decades of the theatre collective. The author has also captured within these pages the functioning of Janam as an organization, its methods of attracting and training fresh talent, the process of scripting, interactions with mass organizations, the experience of performing almost skin-to-skin with its spectators in the grime of Indian streets, and much more.
This book is not only a narration of Janam's history, development and functioning, it is also an attempt to throw fresh light on the practice of theater.
Arjun Ghosh is Faculty, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), New Delhi, India. He has a PhD from Centre for English Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. Dr Ghosh has contributed articles to journals like Asian Theatre Journal and Drama Review. He has worked on organized cultural movements and political open space performances with special reference to the Jana Natya Manch, Delhi.
Foreword G P Deshpande Preface Introduction The Early Years (1973-1980) An Eventful Decade (1981-1988) Martyrdom and After (1989-1994) New Directions (1995-Present) The Experience of the Streets A Different Proscenium Actors and Organizers Players, Spectators, and Bazaars Agents of Change Conclusion List of Plays Bibliography Index