Bhasa’ s Ramayana Plays: From Page to Stage

By: Mahesh Champaklal

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Drama is a distinct form of literature which is meant for performance. Unlike poetry and novel, its true value lies in its stagebility. On the evidence of 2500 years of dramatic theory and practice in both East and the West it is reasonable to conclude that plays need not be considered as either performable texts or scriptable performances. They can be and usually are, both. The best play is designed for the page as well as for the stage as is evident from the works of great dramatists like Shakespeare in the West and Bhasa/Kalidasa in the East. Hence the present volume involves the analysis of the Ramayana plays ascribed to Bhasa namely, abbbhishek and pratinaytkam both in terms of Language in Theatre i.e. Dramatic Text composed by the playwright and Language of Theatre i.e. performance text designed by the director for the production of the play and tries to established the inter relation between both of them. The main focus is on the detailed textual analysis of these two plays and the performance analysis of balidham and turundham, the two acts of abhisheknatkam in kutiyattam tradition and K. N. Panikkar’s pathbreaking production of pratinatkam. How the dramatic text is transformed into the performance text is shown here for establishing the relation between text and performance. Printed Pages: 646.

Title: Bhasa’ s Ramayana Plays: From Page to Stage

Author Name: Mahesh Champaklal

Categories: India, Language and Literature,

Publisher: Shimla, Indian Institute of Advanced Studies: 2018

ISBN: 9789382396604

Seller ID: 901335

Keywords: Bhasa’ s Ramayana Plays: From Page to Stage Mahesh Champaklal