Indian Folk Theatres

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Indian Folk Theatres is theatre anthropology as a lived experience, containing detailed accounts of recent folk theatre shows, as well as historical and cultural context. It looks at folk theatre forms from three corners of the Indian sub-continent: Tamasha, song and dance entertainments from Maharashtra; Chhau, the lyrical dance theatre of Bihar; and Therukoothu, satirical, ritualised epics from Tamil Nadu. The contrasting styles and contents are depicted with a strongly practical bias, harnessing expertise from...
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Indian Folk Theatres is theatre anthropology as a lived experience, containing detailed accounts of recent folk theatre shows, as well as historical and cultural context. It looks at folk theatre forms from three corners of the Indian sub-continent: Tamasha, song and dance entertainments from Maharashtra; Chhau, the lyrical dance theatre of Bihar; and Therukoothu, satirical, ritualised epics from Tamil Nadu. The contrasting styles and contents are depicted with a strongly practical bias, harnessing expertise from practitioners, anthropologists and theatre scholars in India. The book examines how folk performances have influenced 'modern' work in the cosmopolitan urban theatres, and the manner in which folk and modern theatres intersect. Keeping a firm focus on the legacy of East-West theatre interactions, Hollander places her subject in its ever-widening contemporary setting.

Indian Folk Theatres makes these exceptionally versatile and up-beat contemporary theatre forms accessible to students and practitioners everywhere, and considers the ways in which theatre artists worldwide can enjoy and understand one antoher's work.

About the Author:
Julia Hollander is a British theatre director, teacher and writer. She has staged operas all over the world, including acclaimed productions for English National Opera in London. Her study and artistic collaboration with Indian folk theatre practitioners began in the early 1990s

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415304559
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/27/2007
  • Series: Theatres of the World Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.41 (w) x 8.74 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Julia Hollander is a British theatre director, teacher and writer. She has staged operas all over the world, including three acclaimed productions for English National Opera in London. Her study and artistic collaboration with Indian folk theatre practitioners began in the early 1990’s.

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations     viii
Acknowledgements     x
Introduction: first encounters     1
Seraikella Chhau: competing spaces     22
Expanding Chhau: beyond masks and Maharajas     56
Rediscovering folk theatre     65
Tamasha: escape     75
Re-working Tamasha: from socialism to social mobility     111
More discoveries     125
Therukoothu: coalescing worlds     132
Modern Therukoothu: survival     163
The global village     181
Therukoothu appendix     192
Postscript     193
Glossary of terms     194
Notes     197
Bibliography     206
Index     211
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