Issue 11


September 1996. Editor: Anjum Katyal

As a colleague pointed out, one kept coming across the word 'politics' at various points in this issue; but what I want to stress is that even when the word 'politics' is absent, the political is so very present. By which I only mean to say that the political imbues every aspect of our lives:our values, the decisions we take, our relationships with others. There are politics of gender. Of culture. Of religion. Of race. And just as there is political action, there is as political inaction -to do nothing can be as much a political act as to do something (this view of the political is, of course, in itself a political position!).

All or which returns me to where I started: all theatre is political. And the theatre worker must accept responsibility for the kind of politics s/he is identifying with through the theatre s/he is doing. For there is no such thing as a value-neutral position.
Sculpting A Play
Sudhanva Deshpande

'I really don't know where theatre ends and life begins'
G.P. Deshpande

Bhramyaman : The travelling theatre of Assam
Dr Bhabendranath Saikia

HA-I-MU: An Opera
Pallab Roy

On Mahesh Dattani's Dance like a ManĀ 
The politics of production and performance
Angelie Multani

Telling Sacred Tales : The art of Harikatha
Meera Rammohan

Street plays for Elections : My Experience
Sameer Das

Response to a Diatribe
Sudhanva Deshpande

Author's Response
Paramita Banerjee

Theatre and a Taste of Childhood for Street Children
Ranjana Bhattacharya

Anandam Cultural Centre : Working with Children
Shankar Dutta Gupta

Pagla Ghora: A Review
Paramita Banerjee


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