What you call it is as important as what you do, Srinivas opines. And so Janapadam
(pronounced jana-puh-dum), a change in name that reflects a change in lots else,
and especially in approach. The dalits would still wonder what's in a name, but
as long as the approach is right, what's a little modernity between them and their
D Srinivas had started Roshini Kala Samakhya, a theater group, in 1984, and had been staging plays at different parts of Andhra Pradesh under that banner for the last 10 years. He recently changed the group's name to 'Janapadam' for multiple purposes. Janapadam is a repertoire of modern theater, he puts it.
Basically a theater artist and poet, Srinivas was trained by Habib Tanwir, a renowned theater artist for the past 50 years. Srinivas has written poems and street plays and directed about 54 plays so far. He has a vast experience of working with dalit and tribal groups, and has conceptualized plays on problems that they face in their daily lives. This, in his opinion, will bring awareness in them about the happenings around them, and will alert them from being exploited.
Right now Janapadam has about 15 artists, selected from both rural and urban areas. Unlike the Surabhi theater group, which presents mythological plays, Janapadam presents contemporary dramas that usually focus on the problems and lives of tribals and dalits in villages.
Today Srinivas is presenting a play called "Donga Sattaiah", adapted from Tanvir's play "Charandas Chor". Modified slightly by Srinivas, the play talks about the Telangana dalits and their culture, language, property, women, religion and ignorance of mainstream life. This play has been staged 6 times now, and Srinivas has plans of staging it in Medak, Warangal and Nalgonda as well.
Please contact D Srinivas at 315-1944/306-9101 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
for further details.