By Nandi Bhatia
Because the overdue 19th century, theatre has performed an important position in shaping social and political know-how in India. It has served to elevate matters in post-Independence India to boot. sleek Indian Theatre: A Reader brings jointly writings that talk to the historic contexts from which theatrical practices emerged-colonization, socio-cultural suppression and appropriation, intercultural differences caused by way of the impression of the colonial forces, and acute severe engagement with socio-political concerns led to through the hopes and screw ups of Independence. the quantity addresses pertinent questions like how drama impacts social swap, the reaction of drama to the emergence and domination of mass media and the proliferation and impact of western media in India, and the way mediations of gender, classification, and caste impression drama, its language, types, and aesthetics. The creation by way of Nandi Bhatia presents a entire knowing of the interface among Indian theatre and 'modernity'.
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