Newsclick India, November 26,2013
Theatre’s claim to uniqueness is premised on the experience of liveness and presence – a claim that seems to have survived despite serious challenges at the level of theory and practice. How can we think of the political and ethical promises of presence in an era of hyper mediation? Can theatre provide us with a unique experience of and insight into questions of justice which are not replicable in any other medium? How does a performance stake its own claims to authority in a way that challenges our imagination of sovereignty? Delivering the 20th Safdar Hashmi's Memorial Lecture, Lawrence Liang raises questions about the relationship between theatre, performance and the imagination of justice. Lawrence Liang is a co-founder of Alternative Law Forum, an eclectic group of lawyers, activists and researchers who work on various aspects of law, legality and power. Liang works on the cusp of law and cultural politics and has published widely on intellectual property, censorship, etc. He is finishing a book on law, justice and cinema.
Newsclick Production, November 20,2013
Theatre's claim to uniqueness is premised on the experience of liveness and presence -- a claim that seems to have survived despite serious challenges at the level of theory and practice. How can we think of the political and ethical promises of presence in an era of hyper mediation? Can theatre provide us with a unique experience of and insight into questions of justice which are not replicable in any other medium? How does a performance stake its own claims to authority in a way that challenges our imagination of sovereignty? Delivering the 20th Safdar Hashmi's Memorial Lecture, Lawrence Liang raises questions about the relationship between theatre, performance and the imagination of justice.
एम.हनीफ मदार, सितम्बर २६,२००१
आज जिस दौर में हम जी रहे हैं वहां सांस्कृतिक आन्दोलन की भूमिका पर सोचते हुए इस बात से इंकार नहीं किया जा सकता की एक दुसरे के पूरक दो शब्दों के निहितार्थों के पुनर्मूल्यांकन की आवश्यकता शिद्दत से महसूस होने लगी है। क्यूंकि आज सांस्कृतिकता का पूरक आन्दोलन शब्द ही हाशिये पर जा पहुंचा है । तब इस पड़ताल की आवश्यकता इस लिए बढ़ जाती है जब इन दोनों शब्दों के बीच रिक्तता की खाई को बड़ी संजीदगी से, वे बाज़ारू ताकतें अपनी चमकीली हलचलों को, सांस्कृतिक आन्दोलन बताकर, पुरे वर्गीय संघर्ष को भरमाने और पलीता लगाने में जुटी है । जब देश के बड़े माध्य वर्ग के बीच नवजागरण का स्थान दैविय जागरण ने ले लिया है और पूरा मध्य वर्ग आँखे मूंदे किसी समतामूलक समाज की कामना में तल्लीन है । ठीक उसी समय साम्प्रदायिकता का खतरनाक खेल, बाजारवाद , निजीकरण और सबसे ऊपर विकास का नाम देकर अपने संसाधनों को, कॉर्पोरेट के लिए जमकर लूटने की खुली छूट देने के उभार बैचेन करतें हैं ।
मैं निर्विकल्प होकर किसी निराशावाद से घिरे होने की बात नहीं कर रहा लेकिन, प्रेमचंद, मुक्तिबोध, कैफ़ी आज़मी, भीष्म साहनी, यशपाल, साहिर लुधियानवी, नागार्जुन, अली सरदार जाफरी, फैज़, मज़ाज़ जैसे नामों की रोशनी में खड़ा हुआ साहित्य सांस्कृतिक क्षेत्र का प्रगतिशील आन्दोलन जो एक समय में देश का सबसे बड़ा सांस्कृतिक आन्दोलन था, जैसे किसी आन्दोलन जिससे किसी बड़े बदलाव की उम्मीद की जा सके, के बिना कोरे आशावाद से सहमत होना भी आज के दौर में कम-अज-कम तर्क संगत नहीं है।
Newsclick Production, June 10, 2013
In the second and final part of his conversation with Newsclick, celebrated puppeteer Dadi Pudumjee shares his views on censorship, breaking new ground in puppet theatre and the use of technology in contemporary modern theatre. He also insists that traditional puppeteers should be nurtured, promoted and provided means to travel abroad and gain exposure.
Newsclick Production, June 10, 2013
In the first part of his conversation with Newsclick, celebrated puppeteer Dadi Pudumjee speaks of how his childhood hobby gradually grew into a passion for puppetry. He shares with us his Ahmedabad days, traveling abroad with the Darpana Puppet Group opening up his ideas of puppet theatre, challenges while working for ISRO's community TV programmes, not finishing his masters in NID and founding the Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust.
Newsclick Production, June 5, 2013
Recently at Studio Safdar, Nageen Tanvir and the Naya Theatre Mandali sang old, rare songs penned by Habib Tanvir. Also, extracts from Tanvir saheb's memoirs in Urdu were read by members of Janam. In this freewheeling chat, Sudhanva Deshpande and Nageen Tanvir remember the life and times of legendary theatre artist and activist Habib Tanvir in the context of the recently launched English translation of his memoirs.
Newsclick Production, May 25, 2013
In a freewheeling interview with Newsclick, Sanjna Kapoor speaks of 'Junoon- a stage for theatre' which she founded along with Sameera Iyengar in 2012 and the response to the initiative so far. She also shares with Newsclick how her experience of working with Prithvi Theatre for more than 20 years helped her envision, develop and mould an initiative like Junoon.
Newsclick, May 8, 2013
Kabir Kala Manch (KKM), a Pune-based cultural troupe first came together in response to the communal carnage in Gujarat.
Newsclick Production, January 28, 2013
A Newsclick feature on the Shadi Khampur Neighbourhood Museum. Conceptualised and curated by Surojit Sarkar and Sudhanva Deshpande, it is a unique presentation of everyday objects from one the oldest parts of the city. A collaborative project of Jana Natya Manch and Ambedkar University, Centre for Community Knowledge, the exhibition brings complex and layered histories of the our city through fascinating narratives, everyday objects, photographic prints, artefacts, audio playback and video recordings. Using pen and paper, cameras, recorders and mobile phones, stories here at the exhibition come from over three dozen local residents, of varying ages, gender and walks of life.
Newsclick Production, January 24, 2013
Ali Kazmi of the NAPA Repertory Company, Karachi speaks on the cancellation of plays by Pakistani theatre troupes in the recently concluded 15th Bharat Rang Mahotsav. Kazmi also gives an insight into the kind of theatre being practiced and performed in Pakistan and the growing response of the people.