There's no doubt about that - naatak bilkul jaari hai. For this small theater group, though, being around for decades isn't the biggest achievement.
On the occasion of World Theatre Day, the Sarojini Naidu School of Performing Arts and Fine Arts, in association with Moving Images and Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad, is organising a 3-day film festival on theater, from 27th to 29th March.
Today, the final day, an Indian film by Lalit Vachani called Naatak Jaari Hai, is being screened at the New Seminar Hall, School of Social Studies, University of Hyderabad. Natak Jari Hai is a documentary about JANAM (The People's Theatre Front), the little theater group that never stopped performing in the face of dramatic political transformation and personal tragedy.
The film explores the motivations and the ideals of the JANAM actors, and their vision of resistance and change as they perform their People's Theatre in diverse parts of India. It brings to life the world of socialist theater through the words of JANAM's members, and through a reflective portrayal of the group's greatest tragedy - the assassination of its convenor Safdar Hashmi in 1989.
The film starts at 6:15pm, and the entry is free for all. For further details, please contact Goethe-Zentrum at 6652-6443/2324-1791.