BOAL’S RECEPTION IN INDIA: Dialogism of Jana Sanskriti’s Theatre of the Oppressed

  • Shubhra Ghoshal
  • Nirban Manna
Keywords: Bakhtin, Boal, Dialogic Aesthetics, Jana Sanskriti, Social Transformation, TTheatre of the Oppressed


Augusto Boal, the Brazilian theatre personality develops the concept of Theatre of the Oppressed (TO) as a dialogic praxis that uses performance as a participatory space in developing collective strategies to bring about social transformation. This paper explores the interactive aesthetics of TO in the Indian context as applied and amplified by Jana Sanskriti (JS). Using the methods of qualitative research with theoretical and comparative referential axis of dynamic synergetic experience, the paper examines dialogic dimensions achieved by JS during the various phases of its theatrical process towards subverting ‘monologue’ and propagating ‘dialogue’. The pragmatics of JS is investigated to foreground that Mikhail Bakhtin’s theory of ‘dialogism’ attains an empirical expression in the modus operandi of TO, and a dialogic culture is capable of achieving synergetic dimensions leading to sustainable development in the society.

Author Biographies

Shubhra Ghoshal

Shubhra Ghoshal is a research scholar at the department of Humanities and Social Sciences in IIT (ISM), Dhanbad, India. Her interest areas include Performance studies, English drama, Indian literature and literary theory. 


Nirban Manna

Dr Nirban Manna is Assistant Professor at Department of Humanities & Social Sciences, IIT (ISM), Dhanbad. His areas of specialization include Indian Theatre, Performance Studies and Translation Studies. As a bilingual translator and scholar, he translated few Bengali plays including Bratya Basu’s Winkle Twinkle, and Black Hole, Partha Chaterjee’s National Playlet and Tripti Mitra’s Sacrifice.


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How to Cite
Ghoshal, S., & Manna, N. (2017). BOAL’S RECEPTION IN INDIA: Dialogism of Jana Sanskriti’s Theatre of the Oppressed. Journal of Dharma, 42(2), 201-218. Retrieved from