An integral part of political campaigns in India, street theatre is not restricted to parties of any particular ideology; the nature and role of street theatre varies according to different organizational structures and conditions of performance. For political parties it is a mode of reaching out to the electorate at the grassroots level; for spectators it is also a source of entertainment.The author toured with India's foremost street theatre group, the Jana Natya Manch (People's Theatre Forum), during campaigns in Kanpur for the April 2004 Parliamentary elections

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