Issue 12


December 1996. Editor: Anjum Katyal

With her genius for slicing through to the nerve centre, Mahasweta Devi writes in her recent story,Choli ke Pichhe: questions, prioritizing: which are the issues, and which the non-issues? This is an area of concern which, one way or another, has haunted us as a major theme through the year.

What the mainstream media (Choli ke Pichhe) decides for us is what the issues are. Outside its restless searchlights lies the Alternative, occasionally getting caught up in the crossbeams, in the passing.

It is becoming increasingly clear that what defines the Alternative is its concern with issues that are resistant to sensationalist attention and easily packaged solutions. In terms of theatre this means experimental work, work in which process matters as much as production, work which communicates important values, which conscientizes, which affects beyond entertainment.

STQ reaffirms its commitment to the Alternative. As a forum, as a support system, as a dissemination service. So that, in the words of Mahasweta Devi, the 'non issues' do not get completely trampled into the dust.
'The Psychiatry Ward Became A School Of Acting For Me. 
Mohan Agashe

'I was moved by certain things and I wrote them 
Kee Thuan Chye

Do they let us sing our songs? 
Dr Jose George

Playscript: The Corpse Eaters 
Karthikeyan Padiyath

On Acting 
Anuradha Kapoor

Bengali Theatre: The end of the colonial tradition? 
Samik Bandopadhyay

Invisible Theatre 
Prabir Guha

Tracing it back to the Sixties: A Round Table with Playwrights and Directors 
Sudeshna Banerjee

Samik Bandopadhyay

Theatre Log
Theatre Workshop in Bankura
Pullab Roy

Workshop in Puppetry
Seema, Trupti, Ganga Mukhi and Ashwini Deo

A Performative Workshop for Women Activists 
Sohini Bhattacharya, Paramita Banerjee

National Festival of Street Theatre
Rachana Ghosh


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