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India Theatre Forum (ITF) announces its exciting new Study Tour!

5 fun and learning packed days with India’s best-known street theatre group.The legendary Safdar Hashmi was one of the founders of the group Jana Natya Manch (a.k.a.Janam).

But “street theatre group” doesn’t capture the range of Janam’s work, creativity, resourcefulness, adaptability and inventiveness. This group of self-trained actors and theatre makers are one of India’s most prolific groups – they have created about 100 street and other performances over the last 40 years; they have performed these in over 150 towns and villages of India; they do about 250 shows a year; they organise lectures, discussions, workshops and meetings; they publish books and a journal; they’ve been invited to some of India’s most prestigious festivals including Prithvi and Bharangam (NSD); leading theatre artists such as Habib Tanvir, Govind Deshpande, M.K. Raina, Anuradha Kapur, N.K. Sharma and others have written and/or directed plays for Janam; they’ve performed, lectured and led workshops in universities and towns across India, as well as across the US and UK; they’ve built and are running one of Delhi’s most exciting cultural-intellectual addas, Studio Safdar with the May Day Bookstore and Café.

How has Janam managed to keep going at this relentless pace with non-professional, amateur, unpaid actors for 40 years?

What artistic and creative resources does Janam use while creating its cutting edge street theatre?

How has Janam built connections with a plethora of grassroots organisations?

How does Janam push the boundaries of the street theatre form while keeping intact its political vision and radical sharpness?

How did Janam raise the resources to be able to create Studio Safdar?

What does Studio Safdar entail for the political and artistic future of Janam?

The Study Tour will give you a chance to explore all these questions, and many more. But that is not the end of it. Here’s what makes this residency truly special:

1 January 2014 will be the 25th anniversary of the attack on Janam that resulted in the death of its dynamic leader, Safdar Hashmi, who was 34 then. Participants in the residency will have the opportunity of getting involved in the super exciting, day-long series of community arts activities and performances, in and around Jhandapur, the site of the attack. Janam is also offering a unique heritage walk in Jhandapur that day – a walk that will trace the history of a quarter century (and more) of urbanisation, industrialisation, unionisation, de-industrialisation, working class militancy and the role of art in all this!

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This is the second Study Tour being offered by the ITF. The first was to Ninasam earlier in 2013. Participants gave it a resounding thumbs-up!

Details of the Janam Study Tour:

Course Co-ordinator: Ajay Joshi
Dates: 31 December 2013 to 4 January 2014
Duration: Five full days – you have to arrive by the evening before (30 December) and leave the day after (5 January). You are expected to attend all days.
Venue: Studio Safdar, Shadi Khampur, New Delhi, with a full-day visit to Jhandapur, Ghaziabad, U.P.
Accommodation: Dormitory style, with floor bedding and shared toilets. All participants must stay together. You do not need to bring sheets, pillows, blankets or sleeping bags, but no problem if you do.
Eligibility: A strong connection to theatre either as practitioner or organiser; a curious, inquisitive mind; and age between 25 and 40 years. The Study Tour is not academically oriented – but if you are an academic or critic, that is not necessarily a disqualification!
Fees: Rs 10,000 for 5 days, which includes boarding, lodging, food and local conveyance. It does not include travel to and from Delhi, nor does it include getting to Studio Safdar on the eve and departing from on the morrow. The full fees will have to paid in advance. And no, we will not be able to make refunds if you can’t come.

Be aware: There are only a maximum of 10 seats available; and a minimum of 8 participants will be required for the tour to take place.

To apply, click here

Last date of application: 15th November 2013.

31 December 2013 | 8am - 9am: Breakfast
31 December 2013 | 9:30am - 11am: Introduction of Study tour and briefing
31 December 2013 | 11am - 11:15am: Tea
31 December 2013 | 11:15am - 12:30pm: Tour of Janam space
31 December 2013 | 12:30pm - 1pm: Screeing of 'Safdar,' a film by Sashi Kumar
31 December 2013 | 1pm - 2:30pm: Lunch
31 December 2013 |2:30pm - 4:30pm: Learn about Safdar, 1989 and Jhandapur
31 December 2013 | 4:30pm - 5pm: Tea
31 December 2013 | 5pm - 7pm: Interaction among Participants
31 December 2013 | 7pm onwards: Loading mobile theatre followed by dinner
1 January 2014 | 7am: Leave for Jhandapur
2 January 2014 | 8m - 9:30am: Breakfast
2 January 2014 | 9:30am - 1pm: Screening of Safdar (by Sherna Dastur) and illustrates presentation on Janam's work
2 January 2014 | 1pm - 2:30pm: Lunch
2 January 2014 | 2:30pm - 5pm: Talk on Indian progressive cultural movements
2 January 2014 |5pm - 6pm: Tea
2 January 2014 |8:30pm onwards: Dinner and interaction among participants
3 January 2014 | 8am - 9:30pm: Breakfast
3 January 2014 | 10am - 1pm: Interaction with grassroots activists
3 January 2014 | 1pm - 2:30pm: Lunch
3 January 2014 | 2:30pm - 4:30pm: Street Theatre around the world
3 January 2014 | 4:30 - 5:30pm: Tea
3 January 2014 | 6:30pm - 8:30pm: Poetry Reading
3 January 2014 | 8:30pm onwards: Dinner and interaction among participants
4 January 2014 | 8am - 9:30pm: Breakfast
4 January 2014 | 9:30am - 11am: Janam's structure, functioning and sustenance
4 January 2014 | 11am - 11:15am: Tea
4 January 2014 | 11:15am - 1pm: The Studio Safdar Story
4 January 2014 | 1pm - 2:30pm: Lunch
4 January 2014 | 2:30pm - 5pm: Feedback session
4 January 2014 | 6pm onwards: Farewell: interaction with Janam
Sorry, registrations are closed.