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Encyclopaedia of Indian Theatre

Ravi Narayan Pandey (Author)

India has the richest and longest tradition in theater. The origin of Indian theatre is intimately associated with the ancient rituals and the seasonal festivals. The Natya Shastra of Bharat Muni is the earliest surviving text on theatre and drama. The Indian theatre encompasses all the different forms of fine arts and literature like dance, music, mime, movement, sculpture, painting and architecture. The Indian theatre can be classified into 3 distinct types: the Sanskrit theatre or the classical theatre, the folk theatre or the traditional theatre and the modern theatre. Folk theatre and dramatics can be the traced to the religious ritualism of the Vedic peoples in the 2 millennium BC. Kalidasa in the first century BC, is arguably considered to bet ancient India’s greatest Sanskrit dramatist. Three famous romantic plays written by Kalidasa are the Malavikagnimitram (Malavika and Agnimitra), Vikramuurvashiiya (Pertaining to Vikrama and Urvashi) and Abhijnanasakuntala (The Recognition of Shakuntala). The last was inspired by a story in the Mahabharata and is the most famous. It was the first to be translated into English and German. The aim of the book is to put researchers engaged in different areas of research on a common platform so as to be benefited by the current state of knowledge in the field of this subject.

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About the author

Ravi Narayan Pandey

Mediaman Ravi Narayan Pandey has done his Post-graduation from Patna University (Bihar). After working several years in Print Media, he is now editor of a reputed Television Production Company. Authored several books on different subjects, his articles have been published in leading National Deailies and Periodicals.

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Bibliographic information

Title Encyclopaedia of Indian Theatre
Format Hardcover
Date published: 05.08.2011
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Centrum Press
Language: English
isbn 9789380921983
length viii+296p., Bibliography; Index; 25cm.