Author: Goverdhan PanchalPublisher: Munshiram ManoharlalYear: 1996Language: EnglishPages: 162ISBN/UPC (if available): 8121506611
This book concerns with the chapter on the classical Indian theatre architecture described by Bharata in the second chapter of Natyasastra and its appropriate use. While Abhinavagupta, his predecessors and successors commented on it from literary angle, some scholars of the present century have attempted to represent the theoretical ideas in varying graphic forms. But the graphic representations express diverging views. Goverdhan Panchal has presented a consistently unified conception of the theatres of Bharata, taking recourse to an interdisciplinary approach which consists of drawing references from the art and science of Indian architecture, ancient archaeological remains, other related chapters on Natyasastra and the classical plays themselves. The last reference has led him to evolve very convincing techniques of producing these plays taking cues from the directorial instructions provided by the playwrights of the past. This book settles many of the practical problems pertaining to terminology, functional divisions of the stage, and the methods of presenting the Sanskrit plays, all of which were hitherto conjectures and postulations, and offers definiteness to the comprehension of the issues of the second chapter of Natyasastra.
LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONSLIST OF FIGURESFOREWORDPREFACEACKNOWLEDGEMENTSCHAPTER 1Introduction: Social and Cultural Background of the Theatres of BharataCHAPTER 2Methodology for their Reconstruction and Some Other AspectsCHAPTER 3Analysis of the Arigas and Upangas: Elements of the NatyamandapasCHAPTER 4Bharata’s Stage in ActionCHAPTER 5Stage Technique: Use of Curtains-Pata, Yavanika and Citra-YavanikaCHAPTER 6Aharya Abhinaya (Make-up, Costumes and Props)CHAPTER 7MattavaraniCHAPTER 8Bhasa and his Stage Technique Pre-or Post-BharataCHAPTER 9Staging of Sanskrit Plays from Mid-nineteenth Century in Indian and ElsewhereBIBLIOGRAPHYINDEX