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Cultural Intervention and Cultural Resistance

The theatre group Jana Natya Manch, which works closely with the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and its allied organisations, "takes" theatre to the working classes and the lower middle classes. Its members are not paid and it does not accept donations from any corporate entity, foreign funding agency or the government. However, this means that its members must have other sources of income. The group runs the risk of the commercialised media proving more attractive to those of its members who are either not politically committed enough or are looking for wider recognition. Though the group has innovated and adapted in its own way since 1973 to take on the dominant media, Left cultural activists and organisations will have to continuously explore newer possibilities of dissent by engaging with challenges, conditions and limitations.

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