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Satyadev Dubey: A Fifty-Year Journey Through Theatre

Shanta Gokhale (Editor) Natarang Pratishthan Series on Modern Indian Theatre

Dubey has been passionately involved in theatre full time since the early sixties. Along with the late Shyamanand Jalan in Kolkata and Rajinder Paul, publisher-printer of the theatre magazine Enact in Delhi, Dubey was responsible for the great exchange of plays that happened between Hindi, Bengali, Kannada and Marathi theatre in the sixties and seventies. Amongst the playwrights who came to national recognition during this energetic exchange were Vijay Tendulkar, Mohan Rakesh, Badal Sircar and Girish Karnad.

This book brings together essays, interviews and reviews by playwrights, actors and theatre critics as well as a selection from amongst Dubey's prolific output of articles in the Mumbai press. It brings to light the phases of Dubey's work, his style and method of direction, his system for actor training, the furious debates about theatre and the freedom of expression that he was involved with, the manner in which he managed his economics without ever applying for government or corporate funding to put on the boards over a hundred plays in a career spanning over 50 years.

Along the way, the book reveals what a theatre pracitioner must give up when he commits his life to doing non-mainstream, non-spectavular plays in a theatre world that was once led by idealism but has since moved on to a more that drives Satyadev Dubey, propelling him to continue finding ways to do theatre, regardless of the circumstances.

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About the author

Shanta Gokhale

Shanta Gokhale was formerly Arts Editor with the Times of India, Mumbai, and is currently a freelance writer. She has to her credit a Marathi novel and several translations of Marathi plays and novels into English. she published two novels in Marathi, Rita Welinkar and Tya Varshi. Both won the Maharashtra State award for the best novel of the year. The first novel was recently adapted as a film, Rita by the her daughter Renuka Shahane. She has written numerous scripts for documentary, corprate and feature films, some of which have won national awards.

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Title Satyadev Dubey: A Fifty-Year Journey Through Theatre
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2011
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Niyogi Books
Language: English
isbn 8189738992, 9788189738990
length i+310p., Illustrations; 24cm.