Also known as Janam (meaning 'birth') this group of self-trained actors has to its credit more than 7,500 performances of about 100 street and proscenium plays in about 140 towns and cities of India.
Janam has played a significant role in popularizing street theatre as a form of voicing anger and public opinion. It has done plays on price rise, elections, communalism, economic policy, unemployment, trade union rights, globalization, women’s rights, education system, etc. Some of its best-known street plays are Hatyare, Samrath, Aurat, Raja ka Baja,Halla Bol, Mat Banto Insaan Ko, Jinhe Yakeen Nahin Tha, Aartanaad, Nahin Qabul, Voh Bol Uthi, Yeh Dil Mange More Guruji and many more.
Street theatre addresses topical events and social phenomenon and takes them straight to peoples’ places of work and residence. This type of theatre has become a vital cultural tool for workers, revolutionaries and social activists.