Sudhanva Deshpande is a theatre director and actor, and author or Halla Bol: The Death and Life of Safdar Hashmi. He joined Jana Natya Manch in 1987, and has acted in over 4,000 performances of over 80 plays. He has co-directed two films on the theatre legend Habib Tanvir and his company Naya Theatre. He is the editor of Theatre of the Streets: The Jana Natya Manch Experience (Janam 2007), and co-editor of Our Stage: Pleasures and Perils of Theatre Practice in India (Tulika 2008). He has held teaching positions at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, and AJK Mass Communication Research Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. Since 1998, he has been Managing Editor, LeftWord Books. He cycles around town.
As a people’s institution, Janam has existed for nearly three decades, directly witnessing the evolution of the people as an audience. Sudhanva Deshpande shares the collective’s insights on communication, audience engagement and political messaging in this age