Subscribe for Newsletters and Discounts
Be the first to receive our thoughtfully written
religious articles and product discounts.
Your interests (Optional)
This will help us make recommendations and send discounts and sale information at times.
By registering, you may receive account related information, our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
.
By subscribing, you will receive our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. All emails will be sent by Exotic India using the email address info@exoticindia.com.

Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
|6
Sign In  |  Sign up
Your Cart (0)
Best Deals
Share our website with your friends.
Email this page to a friend
Books > History > Architecture > History of Indian Theatre: Classical Theatre (Volume III)
Subscribe to our newsletter and discounts
History of Indian Theatre: Classical Theatre (Volume III)
History of Indian Theatre: Classical Theatre (Volume III)
Description

Preface

Product of the rich ancient Civilisation spreading over several centuries Sanskrit drama and theatre is a most significant part of the cultural heritage of mankind. Even today the Sanskrit plays are performed in Kutiyattam style in the temple theatres of Kerala on festive occasions. Recently UNESCO has recognised it as a masterpiece of tangible heritage of humanity and described it as 'an outstanding example of tradition based creation of a cultural community' and 'a vital link of ancient heritage of mankind'. Sanskrit theatre still lives.

Chronology always posed a great problem for the writers studying this ancient Indian theatre tradition but if we agree that Bhasa is the first extant playwright whose dramas are available to us and that he belongs to 5th-4th century B. C. the beginning of writing literary plays must have made a couple of centuries earlier.

It seems that Indian has lost much of her dramatic literature. Because the next playwright whose works, though in fragmented form, have survived the vagaries of time belongs to second century A. D. And Kalidasa the next playwright we know of comes centuries after Ashvaghosha.

And what an amazing variety of themes we find reflected in Sanskrit dramatic literature. It appears in several forms portraying the exuberance of human emotions. Contrary to what some scholars think Sanskrit plays are eminently suited for stage performance. As is evident from their prologues they were, in the first place, written for enactment. They are full of dramatic action on situational and emotional level. The notion that poetry and lyricism in Sanskrit dramatic works is detrimental to dramatic action must be discarded as superfluous and baseless. Poetry lends grandeur to dramatic action and lyricism makes the portrayal of human emotions more pronounced.

The present work is based on earlier research and the author is greatly indebted to the scholars who did it. The edifice of the present work is built upon the foundation laid by a number of erudite scholars who contributed significantly to the understanding of Sanskrit theatre and drama.

I will be extremely happy if this work will inspire the present generation theatre workers to take up the production of Sanskrit plays, and interpret and re-interpret them using modern sensibility, but at the same time, not losing the track of tradition.

 

CONTENTS
  Preface 7
1 The Origin 9
2 Bhasa 39
3 Ashvaghosha 73
4 Kalidasa 91
5 Shudraka 149
6 Bhana And Prahasana 171
7 Vishakhadatta 215
8 Shriharsha 233
9 Bhavabhuti 255
10 Krishnamishra Yati 287
11 Jayadeva 311
  Select Bibliography 329
  Index 335

Sample Pages





















History of Indian Theatre: Classical Theatre (Volume III)

Deal 30% Off
Item Code:
IDH426
Cover:
Hardcover
Edition:
2005
Publisher:
ISBN:
8170174309
Language:
English
Size:
10.9" X 8.7
Pages:
395 (Color Illus: 15, B & W Illus: 42)
Other Details:
Weight of the Book: 1.6 Kg
Price:
$125.00
Discounted:
$65.62   Shipping Free - 4 to 6 days
You Save:
$59.38 (30% + 25%)
Be the first to rate this product
Add to Wishlist
Send as e-card
Send as free online greeting card
History of Indian Theatre: Classical Theatre (Volume III)
From:
Edit     
You will be informed as and when your card is viewed. Please note that your card will be active in the system for 30 days.

Viewed 11147 times since 13th Dec, 2015

Preface

Product of the rich ancient Civilisation spreading over several centuries Sanskrit drama and theatre is a most significant part of the cultural heritage of mankind. Even today the Sanskrit plays are performed in Kutiyattam style in the temple theatres of Kerala on festive occasions. Recently UNESCO has recognised it as a masterpiece of tangible heritage of humanity and described it as 'an outstanding example of tradition based creation of a cultural community' and 'a vital link of ancient heritage of mankind'. Sanskrit theatre still lives.

Chronology always posed a great problem for the writers studying this ancient Indian theatre tradition but if we agree that Bhasa is the first extant playwright whose dramas are available to us and that he belongs to 5th-4th century B. C. the beginning of writing literary plays must have made a couple of centuries earlier.

It seems that Indian has lost much of her dramatic literature. Because the next playwright whose works, though in fragmented form, have survived the vagaries of time belongs to second century A. D. And Kalidasa the next playwright we know of comes centuries after Ashvaghosha.

And what an amazing variety of themes we find reflected in Sanskrit dramatic literature. It appears in several forms portraying the exuberance of human emotions. Contrary to what some scholars think Sanskrit plays are eminently suited for stage performance. As is evident from their prologues they were, in the first place, written for enactment. They are full of dramatic action on situational and emotional level. The notion that poetry and lyricism in Sanskrit dramatic works is detrimental to dramatic action must be discarded as superfluous and baseless. Poetry lends grandeur to dramatic action and lyricism makes the portrayal of human emotions more pronounced.

The present work is based on earlier research and the author is greatly indebted to the scholars who did it. The edifice of the present work is built upon the foundation laid by a number of erudite scholars who contributed significantly to the understanding of Sanskrit theatre and drama.

I will be extremely happy if this work will inspire the present generation theatre workers to take up the production of Sanskrit plays, and interpret and re-interpret them using modern sensibility, but at the same time, not losing the track of tradition.

 

CONTENTS
  Preface 7
1 The Origin 9
2 Bhasa 39
3 Ashvaghosha 73
4 Kalidasa 91
5 Shudraka 149
6 Bhana And Prahasana 171
7 Vishakhadatta 215
8 Shriharsha 233
9 Bhavabhuti 255
10 Krishnamishra Yati 287
11 Jayadeva 311
  Select Bibliography 329
  Index 335

Sample Pages





















Post a Comment
 
Post a Query
For privacy concerns, please view our Privacy Policy
Based on your browsing history
Loading... Please wait

Items Related to History of Indian Theatre: Classical Theatre (Volume III) (History | Books)

History of Indian Theatre (Loka Ranga Panorama of Indian Folk Theatre)
by M. L. Varadpande
Hardcover (Edition: 1992)
Abhinav Publication
Item Code: IDH425
$77.00$57.75
You save: $19.25 (25%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
History of Indian Theatre (Early History)
by M. L. Varadpande
Hardcover (Edition: 1987)
Abhinav Publication
Item Code: IDH429
$57.00$42.75
You save: $14.25 (25%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
A Socio Political History of Marathi Theatre (Set of Three Volumes)
Deal 30% Off
Item Code: NAL112
$155.00$81.38
You save: $73.62 (30 + 25%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Poetics, Plays, and Performances: The Politics of Modern Indian Theatre
Item Code: IDF077
$42.50$31.88
You save: $10.62 (25%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Kathakali: Dance-Theatre (A Visual Narrative of Sacred Indian Mime)
Deal 20% Off
by K. K. Gopalakrishnan
Hardcover (Edition: 2016)
Niyogi Books
Item Code: NAM762
$95.00$57.00
You save: $38.00 (20 + 25%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Raja-Cekhara's Karpura-Manjari (A Drama by the Indian Poet Rajacekhara About 900 A.D.)
Item Code: IDK369
$47.00$35.25
You save: $11.75 (25%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Traditional Indian Theatre: Multiple Streams
by Kapila Vatsyayan
Paperback (Edition: 2005)
National Book Trust
Item Code: IDE959
$29.00$21.75
You save: $7.25 (25%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Concise Dictionary of Indian Theatre
by M. L. Varadpande
Hardcover (Edition: 2007)
Abhinav Publication
Item Code: IDJ963
$62.00$46.50
You save: $15.50 (25%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Sisir Kumar Bhaduri (Pioneer of Modern Indian Theatre)
by Amal Mitra and Lab Kumar Bose
PAPERBACK (Edition: 2018)
Niyogi Books
Item Code: NAP635
$23.00$17.25
You save: $5.75 (25%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Outlines Of Indian Arts Architecture, Painting , Sculpture, Dance and Drama
by R.N. Misra
Hardcover (Edition: 2014)
Aryan Books International
Item Code: NAO755
$90.00$67.50
You save: $22.50 (25%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Indian Drama in Retrospect
by Jayant Kastuar
Hardcover (Edition: 2007)
Sangeet Natak Akademi
Item Code: IDK238
$47.00$35.25
You save: $11.75 (25%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Modern Indian Drama - An Anthology
by G P Deshpande
Hardcover (Edition: 2017)
Sahitya Akademi, Delhi
Item Code: NAO830
$36.00$27.00
You save: $9.00 (25%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Re-scribing Tradition (Modernisation of South Indian Dance Drama)
Item Code: NAJ732
$43.00$32.25
You save: $10.75 (25%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
ANCIENT INDIAN AND INDO-GREEK THEATRE
by M L VARADPANDE
Hardcover (Edition: 1981)
Abhinav Publication
Item Code: IDG260
$28.50$21.38
You save: $7.12 (25%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Testimonials
I am so happy to have found you!! What a wonderful source for books of Indian origin at reasonable cost! Thank you!
Urvi, USA
I very much appreciate your web site and the products you have available. I especially like the ancient cookbooks you have and am always looking for others here to share with my friends.
Sam, USA
Very good service thank you. Keep up the good work !
Charles, Switzerland
Namaste! Thank you for your kind assistance! I would like to inform that your package arrived today and all is very well. I appreciate all your support and definitively will continue ordering form your company again in the near future!
Lizette, Puerto Rico
I just wanted to thank you again, mere dost, for shipping the Nataraj. We now have it in our home, thanks to you and Exotic India. We are most grateful. Bahut dhanyavad!
Drea and Kalinidi, Ireland
I am extremely very happy to see an Indian website providing arts, crafts and books from all over India and dispatching to all over the world ! Great work, keep it going. Looking forward to more and more purchase from you. Thank you for your service.
Vrunda
We have always enjoyed your products.
Elizabeth, USA
Thank you for the prompt delivery of the bowl, which I am very satisfied with.
Frans, the Netherlands
I have received my books and they are in perfect condition. You provide excellent service to your customers, DHL too, and I thank you for that. I recommended you to my friend who is the director of the Aurobindo bookstore.
Mr. Forget from Montreal
Thank you so much. Your service is amazing. 
Kiran, USA
Language:
Currency:
All rights reserved. Copyright 2020 © Exotic India