Sudhanva Deshpande

Actor and Director, India

Sudhanva Deshpande is an actor and director with Jana Natya Manch (Janam), a radical political theatre group based in New Delhi. He has been involved in the creation of dozens of street, proscenium and other performances, and has lectured and led workshops in institutions across India, as well as in Palestine, South Africa, Germany, The Netherlands, Poland, the US, and UK. He has held teaching positions at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, and the AJK Mass Communication Research Centre at Jamia Millia Islamia in New Delhi, India. He writes on theatre and politics, and has edited various texts including 'Theatre of the Streets: The Jana Natya Manch Experience' (Janam 2007) and co-edited 'Our Stage: The Pleasures and Perils of Theatre Practice in India Today' (Tulika 2009). He co-directed two documentary films on Naya Theatre and Habib Tanvir. Since 1999, he has been managing editor of LeftWord Books, an independent publishing house in New Deli, and has also been involved with May Day Bookstore and Cafe since 2012.


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