By Aparna Bhargava Dharwadker
Theatres of Independence is the 1st entire learn of drama, theatre, and concrete functionality in post-independence India. Combining theatre heritage with theoretical research and literary interpretation, Aparna Dharwadker examines the unparalleled stipulations for writing and function that the event of latest nationhood created in a dozen significant Indian languages and provides precise discussions of the main performs, playwrights, administrators, dramatic genres, and theories of drama that experience made the modern Indian level an essential component of postcolonial and international theatre. the 1st a part of Dharwadker's learn bargains with the recent dramatic canon that emerged after 1950 and the range of the way during which performs are written, produced, translated, circulated, and bought in a multi-lingual nationwide tradition. the second one half lines the formation of vital postcolonial dramatic genres from their origins in fantasy, background, people narrative, sociopolitical adventure, and the intertextual connections among Indian, ecu, British, and American drama. The book's ten appendixes acquire huge documentation of the paintings of top playwrights and administrators, in addition to a checklist of the modern multilingual functionality histories of significant Indian, Western, and non-Western performs from all sessions and genres. Treating drama and theatre as strategically interrelated actions, the learn makes post-independence Indian theatre seen as a multifaceted severe topic to students of contemporary drama, comparative theatre, theatre heritage, and the recent nationwide and postcolonial literatures.