Poetics, plays, and performance: the politics of modern Indian theatre (review)

Nair, Sreenath (2008) Poetics, plays, and performance: the politics of modern Indian theatre (review). Asian Theatre Journal , 25 (1). pp. 165-168. ISSN 0742-5457

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Abstract

Vasudha Dalimia in her recent book about the modern Indian theatre brings together a range of aesthetic and political issues concerning the emergence of modernity, self-discovery, and national self-projection reflected in Hindi theatre, one of the many languages spoken regionally in the subcontinent. Hindi started gaining the status of a national language during the political process of nationalizing culture in postindependent India. Though the overall focus of the volume is concerned with tracing the genealogy of modern Hindi theatre, sufficient attention has been brought into specific aspects of modern Indian theatre illustrating how the urban interest and use of folk theatre offer resources to new experimentations in the modern stage in the 1960s and 1970s, and how the women directors of the last decades of twentieth century have questioned and...

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Additional Information:Vasudha Dalimia in her recent book about the modern Indian theatre brings together a range of aesthetic and political issues concerning the emergence of modernity, self-discovery, and national self-projection reflected in Hindi theatre, one of the many languages spoken regionally in the subcontinent. Hindi started gaining the status of a national language during the political process of nationalizing culture in postindependent India. Though the overall focus of the volume is concerned with tracing the genealogy of modern Hindi theatre, sufficient attention has been brought into specific aspects of modern Indian theatre illustrating how the urban interest and use of folk theatre offer resources to new experimentations in the modern stage in the 1960s and 1970s, and how the women directors of the last decades of twentieth century have questioned and...
Keywords:Indian theatre, aesthetics of Indian theatre, Politics of Indian theatre
Subjects:T Eastern, Asiatic, African, American and Australasian Languages, Literature and related subjects > T300 South Asian studies
W Creative Arts and Design > W440 Theatre studies
W Creative Arts and Design > W400 Drama
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Performing Arts
ID Code:3360
Deposited By: Sreenath Nair
Deposited On:20 Sep 2010 14:17
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