The body as optical mechanism: Indian conceptualization of embodiment in performance

Nair, Sreenath (2014) The body as optical mechanism: Indian conceptualization of embodiment in performance. In: International Conference on Indian Society for Theatre Research (ISTR), 8-11 January 2014, Central University of Rajasthan, India.

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The aim of the paper is to look at the ways, in which the body has been conceptualized, trained and performed in modern Indian theatre. The body of an Indian actor is located in the multiple stream of practice working across traditions, disciplines and cultural boundaries. India has several bodily traditions that are systematically trained and practiced regionally. Simultaneously, modern theatre practice in India borrows western laboratory training methods from Stanislavski through Brecht, Grotowski, Barba and so on. Indian acting, therefore, is essentially an intercultural practice negotiating between multiple traditions and cultures of the bodily practices. Bodily traditions and practices travel all sides and pathways in various temporalities integrating elements from distinctively different theatre cultures while keeping the performance practice alive and dynamic. However, the element of this intercultural interaction of the actor’s body ‘in-between’ cultures has hardly been discussed in the current intercultural debate.

Keywords:Drama, Consciousness
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W400 Drama
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts (Performing Arts)
ID Code:18595
Deposited On:08 Sep 2015 12:22

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