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Theatre is a strong medium of art form that can work as a catalyst to social changes. The progressive movements world over used this medium for developing consciousness. In India theatre groups like IPTA and KPAC have contributed immensely to augment the progressive ideologies and movements. Janasamskriti being a progressive socio-cultural organization realizing the power of this medium had taken many initiatives to promote this peoples’ art form in Delhi and adjacent areas.
The Organization has conducted many workshops in order to draw youngsters to theatre activities and to develop their skills. It has to its credit of staging many well known theatre works on stage by its artists that include among many; ‘Samharam’ written by well known Malayalam play write late K.T.Muhammad in 1981, ‘Socrates’ in 1983, ‘Bhagavan Kalu Marunnu in 1984, ‘Junction’ and ‘Pralayam’ in 2002 and 2005 respectively. Besides, Janasamskriti has been facilitating the performances of various amateur and professional theatre groups from Kerala in Delhi.
Janasamskriti in association with the well distingushed street theatre group ‘Jan Natya Manch’ and ‘Parcham’ organized Premchand Samaroh in the year 1988 On this eve a play ‘Moteram Ki Satyagrah’ an adaptation of the short story ‘Moteram Shastri’ written by Munshi Prem Chand was staged. The veteran theatre activist and director Habib Tanwir directed the play.
To commemorate the martyrdom of Safdar Hashmi who laid down his life for the sake of peoples’ theatre and progressive ideology, Janasamskriti has been conducting ‘Safdar Hashmi Memorial Drama Festival’ for the last 20 years. Theatre groups from within the organization and outside actively participate in this festival each year. The Children’s section of the festival is a major attraction to the theatre enthusiasts in the city.
The Janasamskriti production ‘Pralayam’ written by Prof.Omchery N.N.Pillai and directed by Samkutty Pattomkari was selected to the 2006 National Drama Festival.
The Janasamskriti production in 2012 'Nee Theruvinte Theekkanal' (You, the flame of Steet) written by Suresh Babu Sreestha and directed by Samkutty Pattomkari is a great tribute to Safdar Hashmi, who through his own Martyrdom, showed to the World that it is not 'art for art's sake' but it is for, by and of the people, is staging in Delhi, Kerala and other part of India.