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1 A Comparative Study of Brechtian and Classical Indian Theatre

Anjala Maharishi

Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, India, 2000, First Edition, Hardbound, New, New, 14 Cms x 22 Cms 
Printed Pages: 220. 001592

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2 A Critical Study of Mahesh Dattani's Plays

Pranav Joshipura

Sarup Book Publishers Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, India, 2009, 8176259756 / 9788176259750, First Edition, Hard Cover, New, New, 15 x 23 Cm 
Printed Pages: 254. 031088

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3 Abhijnana Sakuntalam (A Sanskrit Drama By Kalidasa): The Devanagari Recension of the Text with English Translation, Critical and Explanatory Notes By M. Monier-Williams

Dr N.C. Panda (edited and revised)

Bharatiya Kala Prakashan, New Delhi, India, 2010, 8180902439 / 9788180902437, First Edition, Hardcover, New, New, 15 x 23 Cm 
Printed Pages: 352. 035845

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4 Abhijnanasakuntalam of Kalidasa (Text, English Translation, and Introduction)

C.R. Devadhar and N.G. Suru (edited with Exhaustive introduction, translation and Critical & Explanatory notes)

Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, India, 2002, 81-208-0556-9 / 9788120805569, Reprint, Paperback, New, 12 x 18 Cm 
Printed Pages: 397. 032403

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Bharatkosa: A dictionary of technical terms with definitions collected from the works on music dramaturgy by Bharata and others in Sanskrit, M. Ramakrishna Kavi
5 Bharatkosa: A dictionary of technical terms with definitions collected from the works on music dramaturgy by Bharata and others in Sanskrit

M. Ramakrishna Kavi

Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, India, 1998, 81-215-0131-8 / 9788121501316, Second Edition, Hard Cover, New, New, 23 Cms x 29 Cms 
Printed Pages: 1016. 000082

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6 Caturasra Madhyama Natyamandapa

H.V. Sharma

Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, India, 2001, First Edition, Hardbound, New, New, 14 Cms x 22 Cms 
Printed Pages: 112. 001591

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7 Collected Plays of Mahesh Elkunchwar: Comprising Garbo; Desire in the Rocks; Old Stone Mansion; Reflection; Sonata; An Actor Exits

Mahesh Elkunchwar

Oxford University Press, New Delhi, India, 2009, 0195697979 / 9780195697971, First Edition, Hardcover, New, New, 15 x 23 Cm 
Comprising # Garbo # Desire in the Rocks # Old Stone Mansion # Reflection # Sonata # An Actor Exits Mahesh Elkunchwar has written and produced some of the most influential and progressive plays of post-Independence India, and is part of the trilogy, with Vijay Tendulkar and Satish Alekar, who have shaped modern Marathi theatre. Elkunchwar's plays, with their wide-ranging themes - the passage of time and mortality, identity and sexuality, religious tension and gender issues, human bonding and alienation - focus on human relationships and personal and moral choices which are the classic concerns of all great works of literature. These plays -widely varied in thematic and stylistic content, and staged to critical and public acclaim - are a tribute to the dramatic vision and skill of a man whose contribution towards transforming the face of urban theatre in India has been seminal. This collection includes a comprehensive introduction by noted theatre critic Samik Bandyopadhyay, which provides valuable insights into the wide corpus of Mahesh Elkunchwar's work in the context of Indian and world theatre. The plays are translated by Shanta Gokhale, Supantha Bhattacharya, and the playwright himself. Production histories of each play, the playwright's notes on his intense experience with Indian theatre, and a photo section depicting performances are valuable accompaniments. 024962

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8 Collected Plays of Satish Alekar: Comprising The Dread Departure; Deluge; The Terrorist; Dynasts; Begum Barve; Mickey and the Memsahib

Satish Alekar

Oxford University Press, New Delhi, India, 2009, 0198060238 / 9780198060239, First Edition, Hardcover, New, New, 15 x 23 Cm 
Comprising # The Dread Departure # Deluge # The Terrorist # Dynasts # Begum Barve # Mickey and the Memsahib Satish Alekar has written, acted in, directed, and produced some of the most influential and progressive plays of post-independence India, and is part of the trinity, with Vijay Tendulkar and Mahesh Elkunchwar, who have shaped modern Marathi theatre. Alekar locates himself firmly in the performance rather than literary tradition, and is recognized internationally for his ability to use the stage to portray the many deceptions and fallacies of Indian society. His plays depict with wit and sensitivity, a world unable to come to terms with modernity and stifled by tradition. This collection includes six of Alekar’s plays translated by Gauri Deshpande, Urmila Bhirdikar, Alok Bhalla with Jayant Dhupkar, Pramod Kale, Shanta Gokhale, and Priya Adarkar. The plays are divided thematically into two sections and both sections include introductions by noted theatre critic, Samik Bandyopadhyay. The book also contains an insightful interview of Alekar by Bandyopadhyay, notes on the production histories of the included plays, and a special section containing photographs of the performances of these plays. 024961

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9 Collected Plays: Volume I: Comprising Tughlaq; Hayavadana; Bali: The Sacrifice; Naga-Mandala

Girish Karnad

Oxford University Press, New Delhi, India, 2005, 0195673107 / 9780195673104, First Edition, Hardcover, New, New, 15 x 23 Cm 
This book is the first volume of a collection of plays by Girish Karnad, one of India's foremost dramatists and actors. It contains Tughlaq, Hayavana, Bali: The Sacrifice, and Naga-Mandala. 024963

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10 Concise Dictionary of Indian Theatre

M.L. Varadpande

Abhinav Publications, New Delhi, India, 2007, 81-7017-440-6 / 9788170174400, First Edition, Hardcover, New, New, 22 x 28.5 Cm 
Printed Pages: 346. 018766

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11 Contemporary Indian Theatre: Interviews With Playwrights and Directors

(Ed.) Rajinder Paul

Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi, India, 2006, 81-7871-097-8 / 9788178710976, Reprint, Hard Cover, New, New, 28 Cms x 22.5 Cms 
Printyed pages: 192. 035898

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12 Contemporary Theatre (East and North East)

Biswajit Sinha

Raj Publications, New Delhi, India, 8186208593 / 9788186208595, First Edition, Hardcover, New, New, 19 x 25 Cm 
027200

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13 Drama as Literature (PdR Press Publications in Semiotics of Literature 1)

Jiri Veltrusky

The Peter De Ridder Press, Lisse, The Netherlands, 1977, 90-316-0127-6 / 9789031601271, First Edition, Paperback, Very Good, 16 x 24 Cm 
Printed Pages: 95. 027917

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14 Dramatic History of India: 29 Playlets

Flora Annie Steel

Asian Educational Services, New Delhi, India, 2004, 8120618785 / 9788120618787, Reprint, Hard Cover, New, 
Printed pages: 143. 035384

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15 Gangadasa-Pratapavilasa-Natakam: A Historical Sanskrit Play By Gangadhara (Gaekwad's Oriental Works: No. 156)

Bhogilal Jayachandbhai Sandesara and Pandit Amritlal Mohanlal Bhojak (eds.)

Oriental Institute, Baroda, India, 1973, First Edition, Hardcover, Very Good, Good, 16 x 24 Cm 
Printed Pages: 93. Slightly chipped dust jacket. 026421

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Indian Entertainment, R.N. Saletore
16 Indian Entertainment

R.N. Saletore

Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, India, 1985, 81-215-0026-5 / 9788121500265, First Edition, Hard Cover, New, New, 15 Cms x 23 Cms 
This book furnishes probably for the first time a full and racy account of the entire spectrum of Indian entertainment from the angles of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Islam. This scrutiny is based on original and secondary sources, epigraphy, archaeology, numismatics and tradition, to render it authentic and acceptable to scholars and the general public. In this examination of Indian Entertainment, modern games like cricket and so forth are excluded because they are not intrinsically Indian and hence outside the purview of this study. Early concepts of Indian Entertainment are first discussed and followed up by an analysis of open air sports, indoor games, sadistic delights, aesthetic pleasures and erotic devices, the games and practices, which provided diversion to generation in India, are not merely narrated but whenever possible examined cogently. As far as practicable chronology, invariably from original sources, is utilized for the stable foundation of the facts cited and the data presented. The evidence of foreign witnesses is also harnessed, not that it can be entirely relied upon, as it is often recorded gossip but it reveals how outsiders viewed our usages from their view-points often prejudiced and unreliable. Corroboration and documentation have been utilised to arrive at reasonable conclusions. Some illustrations are included as they are authentic and contemporary, to enhance the value of this study. Printed Pages: 334 with 11 b/w illustrations. 020060

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17 Indian Kavya Literature Vol. VIII: The Performance of Kavya in the + 14

A K Warder

Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, India, 2011, 8120834488 / 9788120834484, First Edition, Hardcover, New, New, 
Where kavya flourished, performance in the streets and in theatres also flourished. So theatre in Andhra and everywhere to the south, also in Orissa, Mithila and Nepala, flourished in the +14. In Andhra Rudra's Yayaticarita is the earliest extant play on that famousking. The Telugu translation of the Premabhirama gives us a substantial street play vithi describing scenes in the Kakatiya capital. Narasimha's Kadambari play has an improved ending. Agastya composed two epics from the Mahabharata and a biography from the Harivamsa. In Rajasthan Rayanasehara's novel has his hero given troupes of actors to perform for him whilst he is travelling. In Gurjara Jinaprabha's Kalpapradipa (completed in Yoginipattana = 'Dhilli') is a miserable history of sacrilege and Islamic terror. In Sarvananda's Jagaducarita the merchant foresaw a famine and stored enough grain to feed all western India plus Kasi. Princess Ganga composed the Sanskrit epic Madhuravijaya on her husband's slaying of the Turkish suratrana in Madurai, a decisive event in Vijayanagara (and Indian) history. Ahobala's campu is a comic satire matallika on a festival there. Venkatanatha's allegorical play is of interest only for some incidental details. In Kerala we have an anonymous bhana set in Mahodaya and Laksmidasa's long message poem Sukasandesa, which is just a dream he had about his wife Rangalaksmi (Apphulla). Purnasarasvati composed a strict sataka Hamsasandesa and an ecological play on a victory of birds over storms of the rainy season. Autumn then regulated the round of seasons. The actor Damodara composed a Sanskrit epic and Malayalam manipravala campu, both on the actress Unniyati. From Tirabhukti (Mithila) we have comedies by Jyotirisvara and Yadunandana. From Nepala there are several Sanskrit plays. In Balinese the Sutasoma is an enormous vajrayana work. Printed Page: 438 with bibliographies and Indexes. 037495

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Kalidasa's Meghaduta: Edited from Manuscripts with the Commentary of Vallabhadeva and Provided with a Complete Sanskrit-English Vocabulary, E. Hultzsch with a Foreword By Prof. Albrecht Wezler
18 Kalidasa's Meghaduta: Edited from Manuscripts with the Commentary of Vallabhadeva and Provided with a Complete Sanskrit-English Vocabulary

E. Hultzsch with a Foreword By Prof. Albrecht Wezler

Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, India, 1998, 81-215-0871-1 / 9788121508711, Reprint, Hardbound, New, New, 15 Cms x 23 Cms 
Kalidasa's Meghaduta's present edition is not only based on manuscripts and contains a very learned and informative 'Preface' and 'Correspondence of Verses in Different Recensions of the Meghaduta'-which is most important for the problems of higher textual criticism even after Scharpe's and De's critical editions-, but includes also the text of Vallabhadeva's (first half of the 10th century) Vivrti, the oldest known commentary on the Meghaduta and an 'Appendix' of 'Spurious Verses' and a 'Vocabulary' containing all the words of the text together with their occurrences and their meanings. Printed Pages: 144. 031324

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19 Karpuramanjari: The Prakrit Play of Rajasekhara

Manomohan Ghosh

Cosmo Publications, New Delhi, India, 2005, 81-7755-986-9 / 9788177559866, Reprint, Hard Cover, New, New, 15 Cms x 23 Cms 
Printed Pages: 169. 026707

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20 Kathakali: The Dance-Theatre

Kalamandalam Govindan Kutty

The Asiatic Society, Kolkata, India, 2004, First Edition, Hard Cover, New, New, 19 x 25 Cm 
Printed Pages: 66 with colour and b/w illustrations. 021414

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21 Knowledge Tradition Text: Approaches to Bharata's Natyasastra

(Ed.) Amrit Srinivasan; Preface By Girish Karnad

Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi, India, 2007, 81-7871-124-9 / 9788178711249, First Edition, Hard Cover, New, New, 22.5 Cms x 14.5 Cms 
Printed pages: 190. 035900

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22 Krishna Hari: A Play

Nandlal Tulsiram

Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, India, 1992, 9788120810555, Hardcover, New, New, 15 x 23 Cm 
Printed Pages: 101. 030412

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23 Krishna Hari: A Play

Nandlal Tulsiram

Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, India, 1992, 8120810376 / 9788120810372, Paperback, New, 15 x 23 Cm 
Printed Pages: 101. 030413

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24 Kumarasambhava of Kalidasa: Cantos I-VIII

M.R. Kale

Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, India, 2004, 81-208-0160-1 / 9788120801608, Reprint, Paperback, New, 15 x 23 Cm 
Printed Pages: 435. 032408

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25 Kumarasambhava of Kalidasa: Cantos I-VIII

M.R. Kale

Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, India, 2004, 8120801601 / 9788120801608, Reprint, Hardcover, New, New, 15 x 23 Cm 
Printed Pages: 435. 030663

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26 Kutiyattam: The Heritage Theatre of India

Sudha Gopalakrishnan

Niyogi Books, New Delhi, India, 2011, 8189738828 / 9788189738822, First Edition, Hardcover, New, New, 23 x 29 Cm 
Kutiyattam: The Heritage Theatre of India, is the first major book on this vibrant theatre tradition that existed in India from the times of the Natya Sastra. It traces the history and evolution of Kutiyattam through different ages, its aesthetics and theatre grammar as well as the challenges in its transmission to a new generation of artists and viewers. Kutiyattam is widely acknowledged as the only living link to India’s ancient theatrical tradition. While its origins are hazy, it is said to have an unbroken history of around two thousand years, combining old Sankrit theatre with the regional forms of Kerala. It has its own distinctive theatrical conventions and improvisations, with highly sophisticated facial expressions and a fluent vocabulary of gestures. Kutiyattam elaborates action by extending the performance score to heights of imaginative fancy. Ever since it ventured outside Kerala’s temple-theatres in the 1950s, it has been appreciated by a wider circle of connoisseurs, and challenged by shifting systems of patronage. This book discusses the theory and practice of the art form and aims to introduce Kutiyattam to a larger readership. It includes the translation of the performance manual of ‘Asokavanikanakam? from Saktibhadra’s play Ascharyachudamani, as an illustrative example. Printed Pages: 196 with numerous colour and b/w illustrations 036623

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27 Meghaduta: Critical Edition with Sanskrit and Tibetan Index

Lama Chimpa, Bimalendra Kumar, and Jampa Samten (edited and prepared)

Aditya Prakashan, New Delhi, India, 2011, 8177421050 / 9788177421057, First Edition, Hardcover, New, New, 16 x 24 Cm 
Printed Pages: 248. 036611

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Metatheater and Sanskrit Drama, Michael Lockwood and A. Vishnu Bhat
28 Metatheater and Sanskrit Drama

Michael Lockwood and A. Vishnu Bhat

Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, India, 1995, 81-215-0679-4 / 9788121506793, First Edition, Cloth, New, New, 19 Cms x 25 Cms 
In 1963, Lionel Abel's book, Metatheatre: A New View of Dramatic Form, was published. The basic idea of metatheater is that of multiple 'layers' of illusion. The prefix 'meta-', here, suggests 'beyond', 'above', or 'within'. Metatheater, in one of its senses, can be viewed as one make-believe (dramatic) world superimposed upon another make-believe (dramatic) world. Or as one dramatic world framed within another dramatic world. The most easily understandable example of this relationship is the 'play-within-the-play'. The question might be asked what relevance such a recent topic of literary criticism in the West would have to a study of ancient Sanskrit drama. Each of the six essays in Part One of this book provides an effective answer. In the sixth essay, a translation is given of the passage in the Abhinavabharati, wherein Abhinavagupta comments on the term 'natyayita'. Remarkably, this ancient Sanskrit term is most appropriately translated by the freshly minted English word, 'metatheater'! And it is through an understanding of this 30-year-old English term ('metatheater') that one is able to obtain a revealing insight into what Abhinava was saying one thousand years ago about 'natyayita', a term used on Sarira Abhinaya, and illustrated by Abhinava with a reference to Subandhu's play, Vasavadatta Natyadhara. The first five essays illustrate how profoundly a knowledge of the metadramatic structure of Sanskrit plays will affect the way in which they are to be understood and translated. Part Two of this book presents the text and translation of, and commentary on, two Sanskrit faces which were written in the seventh century A.D. by the South Indian king, Mahendravarman. These two plays superbly illustrate the multi-dimensional splendor of 'metatheater' in Sanskrit drama. Printed Pages: 174. 033962

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29 Methodology of the Analysis of Sanskrit Drama

M. Christopher Byrski

Bharatiya Vidya Prakashan, New Delhi, India, 1997, 81-217-0119-8 / 9788121701198, First Edition, Hard Cover, New, New, 19.5 x 25 Cm 
Printed Pages: 117. 025047

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30 Mister Behram and Other Plays

Gieve Patel

Seagull Books, Kolkata, India, 2008, 8170462282 / 9788170462286, First Edition, Hard Cover, New, New, 140 x 215 Mm 
Printed Pages: 301. 024739

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31 Modern Indian Plays, Volume 1

Chandrasekhar Kambar (ed.)

National School of Drama, New Delhi, India, 2000, First Edition, Hardcover, New, New, 17 x 25 Cm 
Printed Pages: 669. 026939

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32 Modern Indian Plays, Volume 2

Chandrasekhar Kambar (ed.)

National School of Drama, New Delhi, India, 2001, First Edition, Hardcover, New, New, 17 x 25 Cm 
Printed Pages: 610. 026940

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33 Modern Sanskrit Dramas of Bengal: 20th Century AD

Dr Rita Chattopadhyay

Sanskrit Pustak Bhandar, Calcutta, India, 1992, First Edition, Hard Cover, Very Good, Very Good, 15 x 23 Cm 
Printed Pages: 283. 027542

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34 Modern Sri Lankan Drama

D.C.R.A Goonatilleka (ed.)

Sri Satguru Publications, New Delhi, India, 81-7030-151-X, New, 
035496

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35 Nadagama: The First Sri Lankan Theatre

M.H. Gonatilleka

Sri Satguru Publications, New Delhi, India, 81-7030-076-2 / 9788170300762, New, New, 
034261

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36 Nadagama: The First Sri Lankan Theatre

M.H. Goonatileka

Sri Satguru Publications, New Delhi, India, 81-7030-076-2 / 9788170300762, New, 
035075

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37 Pratimanatakam of Bhasa (edited with a Short Sanskrit commentary, English Translation and Critical notes)

M.R. Kale (ed.)

Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, India, 1998, 81-208-0852-5 / 9788120808522, Reprint, Paperback, New, 15 x 23 Cm 
022300

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38 Rang Yatra: Twenty-five Years of the National School of Drama Repertory Company

National School of Drama Repertory Company

Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, India, 1992, First Edition, Hard Cover, New, New, 14 Cms x 22 Cms 
Printed Pages: 302. 001597

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39 Sankha-Parabhava-Vyayoga: A Historical Sanskrit Play By Harihara (Gaekwad's Oriental Works: No. 148)

Bhogilal Jayachandbhai Sandesara (ed.)

Oriental Institute, Baroda, India, 1965, First Edition, Hardcover, Very Good, No Jacket as Originally Issued, 16 x 24 Cm 
Printed Pages: 34. 026415

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40 Sanskrit Drama and Dramaturgy

Biswanath Bhattacharya; Foreword By Prof. Ramaranjan Mukherji

Sharada Publishing House, Delhi, India, 1994, 81-85616-30-2 / 9788185616308, First Edition, Hardcover, New, New, 15 x 23 Cm 
Printed Pages: 452. 032308

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41 Sanskrit Drama: Its Aesthetics and Production

Dr V. Raghavan

Mrs Sarada Raghavan, Madras, India, 1993, First Edition, Hardcover, New, New, 15 x 23 Cm 
Printed Pages: 448. 032483

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Sanskrit Drama: Its Origin and Decline, INdu Shekhar
42 Sanskrit Drama: Its Origin and Decline

INdu Shekhar

Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, India, 1977, 81-215-0253-5 / 9788121502535, Second Edition, Hardbound, New, New, 16.5 Cms x 25 Cms 
The problems relating to birth and evolution of Sanskrit Drama have been engaging attention of scholars in East and West over 75 years. Surprisingly, except a few casual observations the scholars and critics, by and large, only played to the gallery by dwelling extensively on the achievements of the leading dramatists, ignoring vital information on the possible causes that led to early decay of ancient drama. Perhaps, hypnotized, by the all-round achievements of the Aryans, attention could rarely be focused on the role of non-Aryans and Dravidians in the evolution of dramatic and other allied arts of ancient India. Shifting the emphasis from the fixed and traditional belief of Aryan Supremacy, the author seeks to spotlight the non-Aryan elements which may have contributed to the establishment of Sanskrit Drama. His penetrating study of the subject also brings into focus various factors, including prejudices and evils of class-distinctions, which accelerated the pace of disintegration even before the drama was firmly rotted. It is entirely a new yet uninhibited approach to the problem and when judged against the background of recent discoveries in the field of Indus Valley Civilization and other well-preserved South Indian traditions, it offers an interesting study by casting a flood of light on the problem. Printed Pages: 242 with b/w illustrations. 000312

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Sanskrit Natikas, Parvati Tandon
43 Sanskrit Natikas

Parvati Tandon

Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, India, 1986, 81-215-0075-3 / 9788121500753, First Edition, Hardbound, New, New, 14 Cms x 22 Cms 
The present work deals with the delineation of natika. India has witnessed three distinct forms of entertainment based on Nrtta, Nrtya and Natya. The form of entertainment based on Nrtya, our dramaturgists called Uparupakas and the one based on Natya, they designated as Rupakas. Dasarupaka is called Rasabhinaya or Vakyarthabhinaya, but Uparupakas make music sometimes predominant and generally omit or subordinate vacika abhinaya or speech as a result of which there is full scope for Abhinaya. They are therefore not called drama (Rupaka) strictly, but only Nrtya depicting only Bhava, and they are therefore Bhavabhinaya or Padarthabhinaya. Pure Abhinaya or rendering of a small connected theme or a number of isolated Muktaka themes through the art of gesture, aided by music is the chief characteristic which distinguishes the latter i.e. Uparupaka. Therefore inadequate Vacika, Aharya and Sattvika produce Nrtya varieties. Natya emphasizes all and especially Sattvika. It tries to have as much Lokadharni, realism or natural conditions, as possible, whereas in Nrtya, there is a maximum amount of idealism, Natyadharni. The dominant Rasa in the Natika is Srngara (love). To evoke the Srngara in the hearts of the Sahrdayas is the purpose of the Natika for which various sentiments are described. Because women predominate in the Natika great importance is given to the physical, the natural, (i.e. Liba, Vilasa etc.), and involuntary graces (i.e. Sobha, Kanti etc.) of the young women. Therefore Natika is said to be characterised by Lalitabhinaya (graceful acting). Printed Pages: 246. 015722

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44 Sanskrit Play Production in Ancient India (Performing Arts Series: Vol. V)

Tarla Mehta; Farley P. Richmond (General Editor); Ashok Monga (Joint General Editor)

Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, India, 8120810570 / 9788120810570, First Edition, Hardcover, New, New, 
029440

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45 South Indian Theatre (Encyclopaedia of Indian Theatre - *)

Biswajit Sinha

Raj Publications, New Delhi, India, 2007, 81-86208-54-2 / 9788186208540, First Edition, Hardcover, New, New, 19 x 25 Cm 
Printed Pages: 863 with numerous b/w illustrations. 018185

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46 Stages of Life: Indian Theatre Autobiographies

Kathryn Hansen

Permanent Black, New Delhi, India, 2011, 81-7824-311-3 / 9788178243115, First Edition, Hardcover, New, New, 15 x 23 Cm 
Printed Pages: 391 with numerous b/w illustrations. 036663

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47 Studies in Sanskrit Dramatic Criticism

T.G. Mainkar

Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, India, 1971, First Edition, Paperback, New, 14 x 22 Cm 
Printed Pages: 138. Rubbed cover. 027992

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48 The Act of Becoming: Actors Talk

Amal Allana(ed.)

Niyogi Books, New Delhi, India, 2013, 9789381523988, First Edition, Hardcover, New, New, 25 x 31 Cm 
In this unique publication on theatre performance, twenty-two critically acclaimed actors talk to us about their journeys–their lives and aspirations, their in-depth training, and lasting stage careers. The range of these stalwarts spanning a period from the 1850s-1990s includes Binodini Dasi, Bal Gandharva, Fida Husain, Zohra Segal, Sombhu Mitra, Shreeram Lagoo, Utpal Dutt, Manohar Singh, Uttara Baokar, Naseerudin Shah, Heisnam Sabitri, and Maya Krishna Rao, among many others. Researched over a decade, The Act of Becoming is set against India’s struggle for Independence. Side-by-side, this book also explores the complexities of women actors trying to gain acceptance in public life as professionals. In light of the changing political clime, these personal narratives altogether contribute to a riveting account about the encounter with the theatre of the west that was absorbed rapidly by Indian practitioners. Visiting companies from England, the United States of America, and Europe provide a template for modern forms of theatre practice. The ‘interaction’ with Indian traditions lays the foundation for the evolution of a national culture and identity that comes into its own with the intensification of the freedom struggle. Through such vicissitudes, Indian theatre practitioners are compelled to bring social and political issues into the public arena, making theatre a platform of resistance, culminating in the 1940s with the pioneering work of the Indian People’s Theatre Association (IPTA), as well as individuals like Prithviraj Kapoor and Utpal Dutt. The founding of the National School of Drama in the late 1950s with its dedicated program to meet the challenges of a fast developing transcultural, international theatre practice is also discussed at length. The Act of Becoming is a fascinating account of the evolution of modern Indian theatre, putting actors at the forefront of this powerful medium. Printed Pages: 371 with numerous b/w & colour illustrations. 037931

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The Indian Stage: 4 vols. (in 2 bindings), Hemendra Nath Das Gupta
49 The Indian Stage: 4 vols. (in 2 bindings)

Hemendra Nath Das Gupta

Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, India, 2002, 81-215-1062-7 / 9788121510622, Reprint, Hard Cover, New, New, 14 Cms x 22 Cms 
The stage constitutes a very important chapter in the social and political history of a people and the bend of the national genius can't be fully comprehended without its study. A puritan may look askance at the play-house but its influence over the mass can't be ignored, and it is no exaggeration to say that a 'nation is known by its theatre'. One can know more about Greek character from their immortal plays than from the pages of a formal history. Likewise the Mricchakatika or the 'Toy-cart' gives us a more graphic picture of the ancient Indian society than any other treatise of that time. From the pure standpoint of art, dramas and the stage have an ethical and historical value of their own. Bengali drama, like Bengali language, has its origin in the remote past, but like many other modern institutions of the country, is an adoption after the western ideal, and the modern Bengali stage was, in fact, first founded in imitation of the early English theatre of Kolkata. Still the spirit of a Bengali drama is essentially eastern, and some of the present techniques of the Bengali stage can't be fully understood without a study of Sanskrit drama and the ancient Indian stage. Printed Pages: 312. 000111

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The Indian Theatre, Chandra Bhan Gupta
50 The Indian Theatre

Chandra Bhan Gupta

Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, India, 1991, 81-215-0483-4, Second Revised Edition, Hardbound, New, New, 14 Cms x 22 Cms 
This book details the origin and development of Sanskrit plays. It demonstrates how in ancient India, the art of presenting Sanskrit plays on stage was developed and how this medium was utilized effectively to portray human emotions and sentiments. The sole objective of such powerful portrayals was to bring satisfaction to the audience by evoking rasa, the transcendental pleasure in its mind. The Sanskrit drama is religious in character and Indian in origin. The book also presents a comparative evaluation of European theories that attempted to explain the origin of Indian drama. The author has refused these theories and has presented his own thesis on the development of Sanskrit drama. Printed Pages: 186 with 15 b/w illustrations. 022657

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