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British South Asian Theatres: A Documented History by Graham Ley and Sarah Dadswell (review)

British South Asian Theatres: A Documented History by Graham Ley and Sarah Dadswell (review) have even adopted Janam scripts for street theatre performances against the communal right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Janam's Machine and Aurat have even been performed in other South Asian countries. Ghosh ends the book with the observation that unlike most theatre groups in India, where the activities are organized around a single individual, Janam is a true collaboration. Collective creativity helps Janam strike a balance between its political commitments and creative enrichment. Ghosh reflects that the Left cultural movement needs to take advantage of advances in communication technology, a strong political conviction and commitment, and a collective creative effort to advance progressive people's theatre in India. The book does a great job of providing a detailed biography of this important theatre group as a collective entity. Ghosh has definitely shown the path for others to emulate for several other Indian theatre groups that deserve similar treatment. He provides a strong bibliography, a chronology of Janam's plays, and a helpful index. Photographs of Janam's productions included in the volume are useful, but too few for a full historical survey. However, this reader did have a few concerns regarding the volume. In certain instances this reader thought Ghosh was unnecessarily http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Theatre Journal University of Hawai'I Press

British South Asian Theatres: A Documented History by Graham Ley and Sarah Dadswell (review)

Asian Theatre Journal , Volume 30 (1) – Jun 6, 2013

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have even adopted Janam scripts for street theatre performances against the communal right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Janam's Machine and Aurat have even been performed in other South Asian countries. Ghosh ends the book with the observation that unlike most theatre groups in India, where the activities are organized around a single individual, Janam is a true collaboration. Collective creativity helps Janam strike a balance between its political commitments and creative enrichment. Ghosh reflects that the Left cultural movement needs to take advantage of advances in communication technology, a strong political conviction and commitment, and a collective creative effort to advance progressive people's theatre in India. The book does a great job of providing a detailed biography of this important theatre group as a collective entity. Ghosh has definitely shown the path for others to emulate for several other Indian theatre groups that deserve similar treatment. He provides a strong bibliography, a chronology of Janam's plays, and a helpful index. Photographs of Janam's productions included in the volume are useful, but too few for a full historical survey. However, this reader did have a few concerns regarding the volume. In certain instances this reader thought Ghosh was unnecessarily

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Asian Theatre JournalUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jun 6, 2013

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