Theater of Deschooling:

Safdar Hashmi’s Conscientization Theater


  • Vellikkeel Raghavan Assistant Professor, Comparative Literature, Central University of Kerala, lndia



Safdar Hashmi’s oppositional theateris aimed at dismantling the caste, class, and gender-ridden establishment. It explores a strategic way for the establishment of a society that is free of any biases. In this struggle, Hashmi, as a theater activist with a political purpose, uses theater as his weapon. A communist with an aesthetic bent of mind and an artist who took his theater to the masses, Safdar was the co-founder of the militant political theater oJ’ protest, Jana Natya Manch. His commitment to giving vent to the aspirations of the toiling masses gave his performance and writing a sense of urgency and the need to act purposefully. He proceeded with this fight for justice against exploitations and discriminations from a left leaning point of view. This paper explores Safdar Hashmi’s use of theater to mobilize the public conscience.




How to Cite

Raghavan, V. (2014). Theater of Deschooling:: Safdar Hashmi’s Conscientization Theater. Crossings: A Journal of English Studies, 4, 105–115.