Jana Natya Manch

Jana Natya Manch publishes its Plays and books related to people’s theatre and its work from time to time. It also used to publish a regular magazine called Nukkad Janam Samvad which has recently been discontinued. Older issues can however be accessed online through the link given below.

Among its popular books are:

People’s Art in the Twentieth Century  

A compilation of Marxist writings on the question of Art and Culture
What is culture? Why does the culture of the masses take certain forms? What role does culture play in social transformation? What is revolutionary art? The need to engage with theoretical questions is greater today than ever before. Dark times are upon us. The enemies of the people strut about triumphantly. The war against them will be won in the economic and political sphere, of course, but it cannot be won unless the forces of progress in the struggle over the minds of men. This selection of writings from the twentieth century will, it is hoped, be of some use in negotiating the slippery ground of theory, and to evolve a radical art practice that will enrich the revitalized revolutionary struggles of the century coming to birth.

Articles by
Georgei Plekhanov, Romain Rolland, Maxim Gorky, V.I. Lenin, Premchand, Lu Xun, Antonio Gramsci, Walter Benjamin, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Mao Zedong, Erwin Piscator, Bertolt Brecht, Hanns Eisler, E.M.S. Namboodripad, Ramvilas Sharma, Gjaanan Madhav Muktibodh, Amilcar Cabral, Ritwik Ghatak, Dario Fo, Utpal Dutt, John Arden and Margaretta D’Arcy, Indian People’s Theatre Association, Safdar Hashmi.

pages: 400
price: Rs. 165


Theatre of the Streets  

This book contains writings and interviews by Janam activists, by writers and directors who have worked with Janam, and academic researchers. These writings describes Janam's work, reflect on it, provide sharp insights, and raise hard questions.

For anyone interested in theatre and its connection with politics, society, history and culture, this book is a facination resource.

Arjun Ghosh, Dia Da Cost, Govind Deshpande, Habib Tanvir, Moloyashree Hashmi, Safdar Hashmi, Sudhanva Deshpande.

pages: 160
price: Rs. 120

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Shambukh Vadh  

Shambuk Vadh is a proscenium play produced by Janam in 2004. The play was written by Brijesh, had music by Kajal Ghosh, and was directed by Sudhanva Deshpande. The play was invited to the Prithvi Festival in 2006 and to the NSD's Bharat Rang Mahotsav the following year.

Shambuk Vadh is based on a little-known tale from the Ramayana. After the war, when Rama has assumed the throne at Ayodhya, one day a brahman appears in his court. His son has died, he complains, due to the ruler’s paap, sin. Perplexed, Rama wonders what paap he has committed. It transpires that there is a shudra named Shambuk who is reciting the Vedas. Rama goes out in search of this shudra, and kills him. The moment this happens, the brahman’s son comes back to life. The original story in the Ramayana is brief, and we are not told how the recitation of Vedas by a shudra leads to the boy’s death, or how he comes back to life when Shambuk is killed by Rama.

Sarkash Afsane


Right to Perform  

Selected Writings of Safdar Hashmi.

Sahmat Publication

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Janam publications can be purchased from its registered office at:

2254/2A - Shadi Khampur
New Ranjit Nagar
New Delhi-110008