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Indian Theatre: Traditions of Performance

Farley P. Richmond (Author) Darius L. Swann (Author) Phillip B. Zarrilli (Editor)
Synopsis Indian Theatre expands the boundaries of what is usually regarded as theatre in order to explore the multiple dimensions of theatrical performance in India. From rural festivals to contemporary urban theatre, from dramatic rituals and devotional performances to dance-dramas and classical Sanskrit plays, this volume is a vivid introduction to the colourful and often surprising world of Indian performance. Besides mapping the vast range of performance traditions, the volume provides in-depth treatment of representative genres, including well-known forms such as kathakali and ramalila and little-known performances such as tamasa. Each of these chapters explains the historical background of the theatre form under consideration and interprets its dramatic literature, probes its ritual or religious significance, and, where relevant, explores its social and political implications. Moreover, each chapter, except for those on the origins of Indian theatre, concludes with performance notes describing the actual experience of seeing a live performance in its original context. Based on extensive fieldwork, Indian Theatre is the first comprehensive account of the subject to be written by Western specialists and addressed to the needs of readers in the West. It will be a valuable resource for all students of Indian culture and a standard work in the history of theatre and performance for years to come.
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About the authors

Farley P. Richmond

Farley P. Richmond is chairman of the Department of Theatre Arts at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Darius L. Swann

Darius L. Swann is professor of missiology and world religions at the Interdenominational Theological Centre in Atlanta.

Phillip B. Zarrilli

Phillip B. Zarrilli is internationally known for training actors through Asian martial/meditation arts and as a director.  He is currently Professor of Performance Practice within the Drama Department, University of Exeter.  He has published numerous books and essays on Kathakali dance drama and Kalarippayattu.

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Title Indian Theatre: Traditions of Performance
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2007
Edition 2nd ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788120809819
length xiv+487p., Tables; Plates; Maps; Glossary; Notes; Index; 23cm.