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Drama Contemporary  -  India
Drama Contemporary - India

Drama Contemporary - India

by Erin B Mee

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Language

English

Publisher

Oxford University Press

ISBN

0 195664299 - Year: 2002 - Pages: 361

Binding

Hardcover

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Author: Erin B Mee
Editor(s): Erin B Mee
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 2002
Language: English
Pages: 361
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0 195664299

Description

India has one of the world’s richest theater traditions. In DramaContemporary: India, Erin Mee gathers six modern plays from across the country that demonstrate the vitality of Indian theater today. This volume focuses specifically on contemporary plays written in the last five to fourteen years.

Written from different perspective and in different styles, each of the plays addresses issues facing modern India. Both Girish Karnad’s the fire and the rain and K N Panikkar’s Aramba Chekkan belong to the theater of roots movement. Usha Ganguli’s Rudali is linked to the women’s theater movement, and The Wooden Cart by Tripurari Sharma, though not a street theater piece, comes out of that tradition. Routes and Escape Routes by Datta Bhagat belongs to the Dalit Sahitya (literature of the oppressed) genre. Mahesh Dattani’s Tara, a movement, challenges the Anglo- Indian literary tradition.

This volume will introduce readers to the country’s rich and varied theatrical culture, and highlight some of the extremely talented playwrights they might not already know.

REVIEW

This important anthology presents key works by some of India’s leading playwrights –artists who fuse modernity with tradition. Reading this book will show why today’s Indian theatre is among the world’s most active, exciting, and important. The translations are excellent, as is Erin Mee’s illuminating introduction. These dramas demand to be read, studied, and staged.

-Richard Schechner, New York University

Contents

Acknowledgements

Introduction

A Note On Translation

The Fire and the Rain
By Girish Karnad, translated by the author

Aramba Chekkan
By Kavalam Narayana Panikkar, translated by the author and Erin B Mee

Rudali
By Usha Ganguli, translated by Anjum Katyal

The Wooden Cart
By Tripurari Sharma, translated by Mohit Satyanand

Tara
By Mahesh Dattani

Routes and Escape Routes
By Datta Bhagat, translated by Maya Pandit

Glossary

Notes on Contributors

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