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Indian Theatre in 21st Century

 
Utpal K Banerjee (Author)
Synopsis The book covers the contemporary existing scenario of Indian theatre--over the current decade--after tracing its roots briefly for different language-groups. The book's uniqueness lies in its attention paid to the emerging professional theatre; wide prevalence of English, Hindi, Bengali and Marathi drama; overview of theatre in other regional languages (not covered in any recent tomes); and special focus in such ignored aspects as training theatre, educational theatre, competitive theatre and some nuances of theatre in Indian neighbourhood. One major emphasis in the book remains on the actual performance milieu in the country, --how significant plays are presented by drama-groups, how they are to be critiqued for analysis and, in particular, how prominent directors visualise own productions for self-assessment. Again, such introspection has rarely been attempted in the prevalent ambience vis-a-vis the actual per-formative practice. All in all, the effort is to depart from theorization on theatre as a whole, but concentrate on the realities of the ground and take stock of the holistic scenario. Introduction by Amal Allana present Chairperson of National School of Drama and Conclusion by Devendra Raj Ankur, NSD's immediate-past Director provide expansive outlooks on Indian theatre, besides Reoti Sharan Sharma's special narrative on Hindi theatre and M.S. Sathyu's incisive commentary on the prevailing scene.
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About the author

Utpal K Banerjee

Dr. Utpal K. Banerjee's career is both varied and prolific. He has been an adviser on management and information technology for over thirty years and has an abiding interest in Indian art and culture. In 1998, he was sent by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) to lecture on art and culture in South America. Earlier lectures included those given in Canada and the USA in 1990 and 1995 when he was invited by ICCR and Kalabharati Foundation of Canada. His comprehensive book, Indian Performing Arts, has gone into several editions and another, Begali Theatre: 200 Years, has been published by the Publications Division, Government of India. His most recent works include Indian Performing Arts: A Mosaic and Indian Puppets. Dr. Banerjee's formal introduction to the visual and performing arts of the world came through several courses that he attended at the Extra-Mural department, University of Manchester, UK in 1969-72. He was National Project Director for the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) for a UNDP project on 'Multimedia Database for Art and Culture Documentation and Computerisation'. His articles appear regularly in India Perspective, Indian Horizons and The Pioneer. He has contributed to countless cultural programmes on the BBC, All Indian Radio and Doordarshan.

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Title Indian Theatre in 21st Century
Format Hardcover
Date published: 23.01.2009
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8182901626
length xxx+242p., 27 Colour Plates; 119 B/w Plates