Jana Natya Manch, established in 1973 by a group of Delhi's young theatre radicals including Safdar Hashmi, is India's best-known political...
Junoon strongly believes that the arts must be an essential part of child’s growing years, regardless of opportunity, privilege and background. The key objective of Junoon’s Theatre Inclusive programme is to take rich experience to low resourced children across the country every year. For this it is important to have local theatre groups equipped to create thoughtful and engaging plays for young people.
As part of Theatre Inclusive programme, we are delighted to bring to Bikaner, Machine and Girgit by Jana Natya Manch, New Delhi on the 11th of March, 2019.
A little about the plays:
This is Janam's first street play, first performed in October 1978. It's a stark riveting critique of capitalism with lyrical, stylized dialogues that depict the exploitation of industrial labour.
Machine was written by Safdar Hashmi and Rakesh Saksena, and was finalised on the floor, where everyone present contributed. The machine, created very simply by human figures, is the symbolic representation of capitalism. The worker, the capitalist and the security officer are all parts of the machine; they are complementary parts of a system founded upon the exploitation of one by the other; their co-existence, then, is unequal.
Girgit is Safdar Hashmi's delightful adaptation of the classic Anton Chekhov story, The Chameleon.
A bustling market. Vendors selling all kinds of things. A boy comes along. He wants everything. He eats up the goodies, but has no money. The vendors are angry. A policeman is summoned to teach this little mischief maker a lesson. But who is this little boy - is he a 'thief', or is he the Police Commissioner's son?
Jana Natya Manch, established in 1973 by a group of Delhi's young theatre radicals including Safdar Hashmi, is India's best-known political street theatre group. The group has to its credit over 100 street, proscenium, and other performances, totalling over 8,000 performances. Its productions have been written and/or directed by a number of leading theatre artistes, including Habib Tanvir, Safdar Hashmi, Govind Deshpande, Anuradha Kapur, M.K. Raina, Kavita Nagpal, Abhishek Majumdar, Sudhanva Deshpande and Brijesh. Janam has performed in over 250 villages, towns and cities all over India, as well as performed, lectured and offered workshops in Palestine, South Africa, the UK and USA. Janam has neither sought, nor accepted, funding from government, corporates, NGOs or political parties. It is funded by its audiences, and Janam members volunteer their time gratis.