Modern Indian Theatre: A Reader

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EditorNandi Bhatia

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Since the late nineteenth century, theatre has played a significant role in shaping social and political awareness in India. It has served to raise concerns in post-Independence India as well. Modern Indian Theatre: A Reader brings together writings that speak to the historical contexts fromwhich theatrical practices emerged-colonization, socio-cultural suppression and appropriation, intercultural transformations brought about by the impact of the colonial forces, and acute critical engagement with socio-political issues brought about by the hopes and failures of Independence. The volume addresses pertinent questions like how drama influences social change, the response of drama to the emergence and domination of mass media and the proliferation and influence of western media in India, and how mediations of gender, class, and caste influence drama, its language, forms,and aesthetics. The Introduction by Nandi Bhatia provides a comprehensive understanding of the interface between Indian theatre and 'modernity'.

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Since the late nineteenth century, theatre has played a significant role in shaping social and political awareness in India. It has served to raise concerns in post-Independence India as well. Modern Indian Theatre: A Reader brings together writings that speak to the historical contexts fromwhich theatrical practices emerged-colonizati...

Nandi Bhatia is a Professor in the Department of English at the University of Western Ontario.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 1.13 inPublished:June 15, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Acknowledgements2. Nandi Bhatia: Modern Indian Theatre: An Introduction3. Rakesh H. Solomon: History, Historiography, and the 'Modernity' of Indian Theatre; Towards a Genealogy of Indian Theatre Historiography4. Ananda Lal: A Historiography of Modern Indian Theatre5. Anuradha Kapur: Reassembling the Modern: An Indian Theatre Map since IndependenceThe Critique of Western Modernity in Post-Independence IndiaAparna Bhargava Dharwadker: 6. Jyotsna Singh: Colonial Influences, Nationalist Self-expression; Different Shakespeares: The Bard in Colonial/Postcolonial India7. Sudipto Chatterjee: The Nation Staged: Nationalist Discourses in Late 19th Century Bengali Theatre8. S. Theodore Baskaran: Popular Theatre and the Rise of Nationalism in South India9. Malini Bhattacharya: The Indian People's Theatre Association: A Preliminary Sketch of the Movement and the Organization 1942-4710. S. Armstrong: Interrogating the Nation from the Margins; The Politics of Translating Indian Dalit Drama with Special Reference to "Bali Adugal" (Scapegoats)11. Nilufer E. Bharucha: Retreating into Tribal Mansions: Race and Religion in Plays Written by Parsi Zoroastrians in India12. Neera Adarkar: In Search of Women in History of Marathi Theatre, 1843 to 193313. Amrit Srinivasan: Reform and Revival: The Devadasi and her Dance14. Vasudha Dalmia: "I Am a Hindu." Assertions and Queries15. R-Suresh Awasth and Lothar Lutze: Rethinking the Rural/Urban and Folk/Classical Binaries in Post-independence India; In Defence of the "Theatre of Roots", Enacting the Life of Rama: Classical Traditions in Contemporary Religious Folk Theatre of Northern India16. Pankaj K. Singh: Language, Myth, and Media; Reconstruction of Legend in Contemporary Panjabi Drama in India17. Christopher Balme: Indian Drama in English: Transcreation and the Indigenous Performance Tradition18. Diana Dimitrova: Neo-Sanskritic and Naturalistic Hindi Drama19. Atamjit Singh: Panjabi Drama and Theater20. J.C. Mathur: Encounter of the Performing Arts and Modern Mass Media21. Kirti Jain: Drama on Television22. Statements; A Bill to Empower the Government to Prohibit Certain Dramatic Performances23. Rabindranath Tagore: The Stage24. Satya Prasad Barua: Proscenium-arch Stage25. Bellary Raghava: National Theatre26. Baldoon Dhingra: A National Theatre Wanted: A Non-commercial Theatre (excerpts)27. Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay: Towards a National Theatre (excerpts)28. Indian People's Theatre Association: Organisational Principles29. Utpal Dutt: In Search of Form (excerpts)30. Mahesh Dattani: Contemporary Indian Theatre and its Relevance31. Sources32. Copyright Statement33. Notes on Contributors