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Jana Sanskriti

Continuous presence, aesthetical rigor, and political and social movement

Authored by: Sanjoy Ganguly

The Routledge Companion to Theatre of the Oppressed

Print publication date:  February  2019
Online publication date:  February  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138291027
eBook ISBN: 9781315265704
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Jana Sanskriti initially evolved toward our work in theatre from our work as activists. We went from activism to acting, not vice versa. As a result, we don’t see any line between acting and activism. From the very beginning, theatre was a means for us to democratically intervene with people as activists. We are present in many villages, and we develop theatre groups from within specific villages, and we ensure that a group arises from a particular need. In most cases, it is that group who will decide about the issues and questions that need to be covered in the theatre. The issues are not determined from the top down, from the central coordination of Jana Sanskriti, unless those of us in the central coordination hope to try to address a specific issue with the group that is pertinent in a particular context.

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