December 1997. Editor: Anjum Katyal
And there, poised on the ridge, between the dark loamy ferment of creative growth and the hard sun of material reality, is Pralayan's voice saying, 'The process is very important...how we make a play...' and 'without the commitment, without politics oriented toward the people, you can't stay in street theatre'. And Sudhanva Deshpande passionately insisting on poetry in theatre of the Left; and Mala Hashmi explaining how drama has to be created and crafted, even on the streets, even when the message, the political communication, is primary. This tumultuous space of questioning, of precarious balance between creative fulfilment and political purpose, between inward and outward, is the space criss-crossed in this issue. By those who walk the tightrope. Over and over again. 'One doesn't resound without the other.'
CONTENTS The 'Inexhaustible Work of Criticism in Action': Street Theatre of the Left Sudhanva Deshpande Woman (Aurat): an Extract Jana Natya Manch Theatrescapes Samik Bandyopadhyay Street Theatre in Bengal: A Glimpse Bulbuli Biswas and Paramita Banerjee Nurul doesn't Die (Nurul Marey Na) A Playscript Shyamaltanu Dasgupta 'Street Theatre is Here and Now' A Panel Discussion 'Drama has to be Created and Crafted, Even on the Streets' Mala Hashmi 'Why do we Choose to do Street Theatre? The Answer is always Political, It has to be' Pralayan Theatre Log Street Theatre Groups: Brief Profiles National Open-Air Theatre Festival in Calcutta Sombhu Mitra Memorial Lecture Paramita Banerjee Download the complete issue here