After Independence, in 1947, in their efforts to create an 'Indian' theatre that was different from the Westernized, colonial theatre, Indian theatre practitioners began returning to their 'roots' in classical dance, religious ritual, martial arts, popular entertainment and aesthetic theory. The Theatre of Roots - as this movement was known - was the first conscious effort at creating a body of work for urban audiences combining modern European theatre with traditional Indian performance while maintaining its distinction from both. By addressing the politics of aesthetics and by challenging the visual practices, performer/spectator relationships, dramaturgical structures and aesthetic goals of colonial performance, the movement offered a strategy for reassessing colonial ideology and culture and for articulating and defining a newly emerging 'India'. "Theatre of Roots" presents an in-depth analysis of this movement: its innovations, theories, goals, accomplishments, problems and legacies.
Publisher: Seagull Books London Ltd
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 678 g
Dimensions: 232 x 157 x 32 mm
This book provides the best available account of the Indian theatre of roots, and Mee must be thanked for this detailed research.--Asian Theatre Journal-- "Asian Theatre Journal"
This work is inspiring: it presents an in-depth study on one of the most recent- theatrically dynamic, aesthetically meaningful and ideologically provocative-trends in Indian theatre known as theatre of the roots. The project is ambitious presenting theoretical debates, case studies, play analysis, production reviews and official records documenting the history, theory and practice of a most vibrant theatre movement in modern Indian stage.-- "New Theatre Quarterly"