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Poetics, Plays, and Performances: The Politics of Modern Indian Theatre

Vasudha Dalmia


This book addresses the political and aesthetic concerns of modern Indian theatre, tracing its genealogies, and looking in particular at its appropriation of folk theatre. Beginning with the plays of Bharatendu Harishchandra in the 1870s Banaras, the book moves forward to Jayashankar Prasad and Mohan Rakesh, landmark figures in the history of modern Indian theatre. In addition, it brings to light the intense urban interaction with folk theatre forms, their politicization in the 1940s and later again in the 1970s. Inspired by the urban interest in folk theatre and Brecht’s influence on theatre, ... More

Keywords: modern Indian theatre, folk theatre, Bharatendu Harishchandra, 1870s Banaras, Mohan Rakesh, Brecht’s influence on theatre, Brecht in Hindi, avant-garde women directors

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195695052
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195695052.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Vasudha Dalmia, author
University of California, Berkely