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Gender, Space and Resistance

Women and Theatre in India

This book explores the presence and contribution of women to the recorded history of Indian theatre. It provides a platform to raise, discuss and debate issues, aesthetics and techniques connected with the Indian theatre in the backdrop of political, social and mor....read below

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This book explores the presence and contribution of women to the recorded history of Indian theatre. It provides a platform to raise, discuss and debate issues, aesthetics and techniques connected with the Indian theatre in the backdrop of political, social and moral values of women in theatre. An attempt to fill up the vacuum of scholarly literature on the role of women in theatre, this book expects to create enough academic value and interest. Its content unearths the dynamics of gender in the history of theatre. It extensively deals with the theoretical and practical aspects of women's theatre.
This anthology also addresses the various social issues associated with gender inequality through essays, play-texts and interviews. In a similar vein, it delves deep into the relationship among theatre, public/private sphere and gender. This work purports to address a variety of needs of feminist researchers and laymen who are not conversant with the contribution of women to theatre and its obvious political and transformative intent.
This collection also intends to see how the theatrical space could unsettle the gendered binaries regulating women's presence in public space, and proposes to see why and how relevant feminist politics is in re-imagining a vibrant and inclusive concept of gender fairness and justice in contemporary India. It extends high referral value for researchers, students and even laymen with interest in the role of women in theatre.

  • Foreword By :
  • Binding: : Hardbound
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788124606926
  • 10 Digit ISBN : 8124606927
  • Edition : 1st Edition
  • Year : 2013
  • Pages : xiii, 660p.
  • Bibliographic Details : Index
  • Size : 23 cm
  • Weight (approx.) : 1500 gm

Foreword — C.S. Lakshmi    
Preface — Anita Singh    
Introduction: On and Beyond the Stage: Women and Theatre in India — Anita Singh  

Part I
Mapping the Field

1. Female Theatre Artists in Bharata’s Natyashastra 

Iravati

2. Intimate Thoughts and Revolts in a Codified language : Women’s Creativity in Kutiyattam (Kerala)

Coralie Casassas

3. Jyotsna Dutta, and After  

Gourab Ghosh

4. Acting out of Line : A Study on Chapal Bhaduri’s Performance in Performing the Goddess

Sanchita Das

5. Women in Nautanki : Exploring the Attachments of Tradition and Gender

Vibha Sharma

6. The Politics of the Labouring Body and an Emerging Feminist Consciousness (1960-1980) : Keya Chakrabarti and Nandikar

Trina Nileena Banerjee

7. Laughing at Domestic Violence : On Viewing Gender Roles and other Comedic Complexities on the Tamil Popular Stage

Susan Seizer

8. Witnessing Movement : The Women Artists of the Indian People’s Theatre Association’s  Central Squad

Sharmistha Saha

9. Theatre/Theory of Rashid Jahan, “Angareywali”  

Nishat Haider

10. The Poetics of Resistance : Representation of Women and Conflict in Rabijita Gogoi’s Plays

Nizara Hazarika

11. Violating Performance : Women, Law and the State of Exception

Shayoni Mitra

12. Women in Indian Puppetry : Artists, Educators, Activists

Claudia Orenstein

Part II
Play-Texts

1. Sacrifice (Bali) by Tripti Mitra (Bengali Play)

Translation : Nirban Manna

2. Daughter-in-Law (Bahu) by Tripurari Sharma (Hindi Play)

Translation : Tripurari Sharma

3. Sita by Kamalini Mehta (Hindi Play) 

Translation : Anita Singh

4. In Search of the Goddess : A One-Woman Performance (English Play)

Mallika Sarabhai

5. Pass the Buck on Brother by Sanjay Pawar (Marathi Play)

Translation : Maya Pandit

6. Nowhere People by Jayant Pawar (Marathi Play)  

Translation : Maya Pandit

7. New Born by V. Padma “Mangai” (Tamil Play)  

Translation : S. Chitra

8. Labour Room by K.V. Sreeja (Malayalam Play) 

Translation : C.S.Biju and Vibin Krishnan

9. Aag Lagi Hai Jangal Ma/The Jungle is Burning : Confronting State Corruption and Rural Underdevelopment Through Feminist Theatre (Awadhi and Hindi Play)

Translation and Commentary : Richa Nagar

Part III
Interviews

1. Saoli Mitra By Anita Singh    
2. Poile Sengupta By Anita Singh    
3. Manjula Padmanabhan By Praggnaparamita Biswas    
4. V. Padma “Mangai” By Anita Singh    
5. Arenla Subong By Banibrata Mahanta     
Contributor Notes    
Index 
       
 

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