Item description for Theatre of Roots: Redirecting the Modern Indian Stage (Enactments) by Erin B. Mee...
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.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.87" Width: 5.51" Height: 0.67" Weight: 1.74 lbs.
Release Date Jan 6, 2009
Publisher Seagull Books
ISBN 190542275X ISBN13 9781905422753
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More About Erin B. Mee
Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr. is an associate professor of theatre arts at Loyola Marymount University, the author and editor of ten books including "The Empire Triumphant: Race, Religion and Rebellion in the Star Wars Films", and a contributor to numerous volumes on sci-fi, pop culture and religion, including essays on "Godzilla", "Star Wars", and" Battlestar Galactica". His areas of expertise include Japanese theatre, African theatre, Shakespeare, Greek tragedy, stage combat and comedy.