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JANAM Jana Natya Manch– People’s Theatre Group 2007

Sol Y Soul | 916 G Street NW | Washington, DC 20001 | (202) 483-7251 |
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March 19, 2007

Contact: Anu Yadav

Experience the Movement
India’s pioneering street theatre group JANAM’s first visit to the Washington DC Area.

Washington, DC —Sol & Soul, Poets & Writers, and Dakshina are excited to present a series of events with
JANAM (Jana Natya Manch– People’s Theatre Group), India’s pioneering street theatre group. The week-
long residency beginning on April 10 2007, includes workshops, lectures and a closing performance at the
St. Thomas Parish on April 13, 2007. All events are free and open to the public, detailed residency
information will be available on www.dakshina.org/janam by March 10, 2007. This American tour is the
first international foray by the company. We are honored to welcome them to the Nation’s Capital.

Janam, (which also means birth), was founded in 1973 with a commitment to take political theater to the
people. In 1989, noted playwright and Janam co-founder Safdar Hashmi was killed while performing a
political street play. The murder ignited nationwide controversy as artists and activists from the grassroots
to the Bollywood film industry protested the politically-motivated attack. In 1993, Janam began a bilingual
theatre quarterly Nukkad Janam Samvaad and also instituted the Safdar Hashmi Memorial Lecture series.
Janam’s work is funded directly by its vast audience. The group does not accept corporate or state funding.
In 1997 Janam constructed a mobile theatre, Safar (which means journey), to take proscenium plays to
working class areas. Janam produces plays by many of India’s leading socially conscious playwrights such as
Habib Tanvir, Govind Deshpande, Anuradha Kapur, and M.K. Raina. The group performs at national and
international theatre festivals. In its 34-year history, Janam has presented over 7500 performances in over
140 cities throughout India.

Tuesday April 10, 2007
A play made up of two stories. In the first, the story of a child laborer who wants nothing
more than to tie red ribbons in her hair. In the second, a woman worker causes a rift in a
meeting of unionizing workers by demanding a separate bathroom for women.
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center Room 1912, University of Maryland.

Wednesday April 11, 2007
At first glance, a simple story of a king and a slave. The play moves in three episodes, each
followed by audience discussion guided by the actors. The stories within the play soon
unravel to expose many layers of class, power, gender, property and social transformation.
Registration required. Limited seating. Location TBA. Contact anu@dakshina.org for details.

Thursday April 12, 2007
A biting satire of President George W. Bush’s visit to India in 2004. The play offers an
international perspective on the role of the United States, global poverty and liberalization.
Location TBA. Check website for details.
Sol Y Soul | 916 G Street NW | Washington, DC 20001 | (202) 483-7251 |
| anu@dakshina.org | www.solysoul.org |
Readings by Janam poet Ashok Kumar, children’s story writer Moloyashree Hashmi, & area
poets Sarah Browning, Chris August from DC Poets Against the War and Guerrilla Poets
Insurgency’s Shahid Buttar & Laurie Blair. Followed by talkback and reception with artists.
At Flashpoint’s Mead Theatre Lab, 916 G Street NW.

Friday April 13, 2007

7:30pm Delhi to DC: A Night of Political Theater
Janam presents work created in response to the sectarian violence in the western Indian state
Gujarat in 2002. Weaving together satire to drama, the play lampoons Hindu
fundamentalism. Janam also presents the stirring words of reknown poets as a nation
struggled to understand the tragedy of what has been called the genocide in Gujurat. With
guest performances by local artists. Followed by talkback and reception.
At St. Thomas Parish, 1772 Church Street, NW.

Media organizations can contact anu@dakshina.org for complimentary tickets.

This performance is made possible by financial support from the DC Commission on the Arts and
Humanities, Sol Y Soul, Poets and Writers, Anu Yadav and Dakshina. For more information about
upcoming events, visit www.dakshina.org.


About Sol & Soul
Sol & Soul is a rarity in the American art world: an arts organization that not only pays lip service to the
ideal of ‘community,’ but that actually creates it–and lives it. The Sol & Soul community cuts across lines of
race and class and gender and generation. The art produced and presented under the aegis of this wonderful
organization is aesthetically and politically demanding: precisely the kind of public work that serious artists
today have a moral obligation to deliver to a world in dire need of alternative visions. Sol & Soul is the sun
and spirit of a vibrant public art movement whose home, appropriately, is our nation’s capital.

About Poets and Writers
Poets & Writers, Inc. is the primary source of information, support, and guidance for creative writers.
Founded in 1970, it is the nation’s largest nonprofit literary organization serving poets, fiction writers, and
creative nonfiction writers. Our national office is located in New York City. Our California branch office is
based in Los Angeles. As a co-founder of the Literary Network, Poets & Writers continues to champion
the cause of freedom of expression and advocates on behalf of writers for public funding of literature and
the arts.

About Dakshina
Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company offers artists and communities the unique opportunity to
experience dance as a movement that links the arts, cultures, and social causes. Dakshina means “offering”
in Sanskrit. The vision of Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company is to explore and present dance
in its complexity and multiplicity, celebrating tradition while constantly creating new vocabularies in
movement and dance, evolving to newer and higher standards. We are particularly committed to engage in
dance not only as a means for aesthetic and artistic growth, but also as a vehicle for social change and
community development. Visit www.dakshina.org for additional information.