The evening begins with a screening of the film, Natak Jari Hai (The Play Goes On) by Lalit Vachani, followed by a Q+A with Vijay Prashad.
Natak Jari Hai is a documentary about JANAM (The People’s Theatre Front), the little theatre group that never stopped performing in the face of dramatic political transformation and personal tragedy. The film explores the motivations and 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 theatre 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.
About Vijay Prashad:
Vijay Prashad is Professor of International Studies at Trinity College and Chief Editor at LeftWord Books. His most recent work is an edited collection - Letters to Palestine: Writers Respond to War and Occupation (Verso) - and a monograph - No Free Left: The Futures of Indian Communism (LeftWord). He has also written The Poorer Nations, The Darker Nations, Everybody was Kung Fu Fighting, Karma of Brown Folk and he has co-edited Dispatches from the Arab Spring, Dispatches from Pakistan and Dispatches from Latin America. He writes regularly for Frontline, al-Araby al-Jadeed, BirGün and The Hindu, as well as for Naked Punch.
About Naked Punch Essay Series:
The pamphlet - as manifesto, as an essay, as a letter - has the power to transform the world. Naked Punch forms itself out of the tradition of radical publishing - from the Dada manifesto and the essay pamphlets of Jacobins to the Third Cinema manifesto. Following in this vast tradition our essay series will bring affordable engaged essays (pamphlets) on philosophy, art, politics, poetry, to our readers. We begin with four essays. Vijay Prashad, On Theatre of the Street, Simon Critchley on the Poetics of Fernando Pessoa, Oscar Guardiola-Rivera comes out with his Funk Manifesto, and Marcus Rediker, On The Poetics of History from Below.
Each book is hand made in true zine style.