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ALKAZI THEATRE ARCHIVES

A Bibliographic Listing From The Archive

Brahma Prakash’s Cultural Labour: Conceptualizing ‘Folk Performance’ in India

 

Writings on theatre and performance not only theorize the field but also document the ephemeral form contextualizing the practice within a given socio-political and cultural context. Through this series, the Alkazi Theatre Archive will offer a listing of books on the field of theatre, performance, aesthetics and culture from varied languages and discourses. The readings will allow readers to reference theatre in an expanded field…Read more

 

 

 

Makarand Sathe’s Marathi Rangbhumichya Tees Ratri: Ek Samajik Rajakeey Itihaas (A Socio-political History of Marathi Theatre: Thirty Nights)

 

Book: Marathi Rangbhumichya Tees Ratri: Ek Samajik Rajakeey Itihaas

Author: Makarand Sathe

Publisher : Popular Prakashan, Mumbai

Year: 2011

Cover Illustration: Sudhir Patwardhan

This extensive work by Makarand Sathe, on the history of modern Marathi theatre from 1842-1985, is divided into three volumes and offered in the form of a Socratic…Read more

 

 

 

Ameet Parameswaran’s Performance and The Political: Power and Pleasure in Contemporary Kerala

 

Book: Performance and The Political: Power and Pleasure in Contemporary Kerala

Author: Ameet Parameswaran

Publisher: Orient BlackSwan, Telangana, India

Year: 2017

Cover Illustration: Indranil Haldar

The author traces Kerala’s history from the Emergency into Neoliberalism and to the transitional labour migration into the Gulf, exploring the intertwining narratives of ‘traditional practices of popular politics’ and theatre’s representation of the same…Read more

 

 

Binodini Dasi’s Amar Katha/ Amar Abhinetri Jibon ( My Story and My Life as an Actress)

 

Book: Amar Katha/ Amar Abhinetri Jibon (My Story and My Life as an Actress)

Author: Binodini Dasi

Edited and translated by: Rimli Bhattacharya

Published by: Kali for Women, New Delhi, 1998.“

“Almost all the sahebs of Lucknow city came that evening to see our play. At the point where Rogue Saheb attempts to assault Khetramoni, Torap beats him with a door he has broken down and then Nabinadhab takes Khetramoni away…The Sahebs were extremely upset at this particular scene…  Read more

 

 

Our Stage: Pleasures and Perils of Theatre Practice in India – Edited by: Sudhanva Deshpande, Akshara K.V. and Sameera Iyengar

 

Book: Our Stage: Pleasures and Perils of Theatre Practice in India
Edited by: Sudhanva Deshpande, Akshara K.V. and Sameera Iyengar
Published by: Tulika Books, New Delhi, 2009.

The first decade of the 21st century changed the fabric of Indian society with the settling in of liberalization, globalization and new age technologies like the internet. Such changes in the economy and social fabric also altered the state of affairs…Read more 

 

 

R.C. Dhere’s Bharatiya Rangabhoomichya Shodhat

 

Book: Bharatiya Rangabhoomichya Shodhat
Author: R.C. Dhere
Published by: Padmagandha Prakashan, Pune, 1996
R. C. Dhere explains the nature of Indian Theatre by analysing the possible origins of folk forms and explores the interrelationships and exchanges between folk and elite culture in postcolonial India. The book examines the trajectory of Indian theatre…Read more

 

 

Engendering Performance: Indian Women Performers in Search of an Identity by Bishnupriya Dutt & Urmimala Sarkar Munsi

 

Book: Engendering Performance: Indian Women Performers in Search of an Identity
Author/s: Bishnupriya Dutt, Urmimala Sarkar Munshi
Published by: SAGE Publications India Pvt. Limited, 2010
Bringing together fragmented, micro histories, Bishnupriya Dutt and Urmimala Sarkar Munshi offer a feminist and critical history of theatre in India from colonial to post-colonial modernism, with special focus on West Bengal…Read more

 

 

Modern Indian Drama: Issues and Interventions – Edited by Lakshmi Subramanyam

 

Book: Modern Indian Drama: Issues and Interventions
Edited by: Lakshmi Subramanyam
Contributing Authors: Lakshmi Subramanyam, Sudhanva Deshpande, Tripurari SHarma, V. Padma (Mangai), Lata Singh, HS Shiva Prakash, Angelie Multani, GJV Prasad, Jaidev Taneja, Sonali Jain, Maya Pandit, Swati Pal
Published by: Srishti Publishers and Distributors, 2008
This edited volume by Lakshmi Subramanyam attempts to examine modernity in India from post-independence period to the present through a variety of approaches taken by the contributing authors…Read more

 

 

Mapping South Asia Through Contemporary Theatre: Essays on the Theatres of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. – Edited by: Ashish Sengupta

 

Book: Mapping South Asia Through Contemporary Theatre: Essays on the Theatres of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
Edited by: Ashish Sengupta
Contributing Authors: Shayoni Mitra, Asma Mundrawala, Syed Jamil Ahmed, Carol C. Davis and Kanchuka Dharmasiri.
Published by: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014
One of the primary works on intersectionality of theatre and geo-political units, the book traces the developmental trajectories of theatre from five South Asian countries…Read more

 

 

Acting Up: Gender and Theatre in India, 1979 Onwards – Edited by: A. Mangai

 

Book: Acting Up: Gender and Theatre in India, 1979 Onwards
Edited by: A. Mangai
Published by: LeftWord Books, 2015
The volume attempts to straddle the strong theoretical and performative underpinnings of theatre and gender. The book is an analysis of the interaction and interplay of the two as emerging from the works of women theatre practitioners in India (1979 to 2000s). The book considers two points of intersection between theatre and gender- the body and the narrative…Read more

 

 

Rangmanch ka Jantantra- Written by: Hrishikesh Sulabh

 

Book: Rangmanch ka Jantantra (Hindi)
Written by: Hrishikesh Sulabh
Published by: Rajkamal Prakashan

This book is a collection of works written on theatre in the early 2000s for publication in different magazines. The author, Hrishikesh Sulabh, is a Hindi story writer, playwright and theatre critic. He is best known for his writings in adapting the Bhojpuri folk form of Bidesiya…Read more

 

 

The Oxford Handbook of Politics and Performance-Edited by: Shirin M. Rai, Milija Gluhovic, Silvija Jestrovic and Michael Saward

 

Book: The Oxford Handbook of Politics and Performance
Edited by: Shirin M. Rai, Milija Gluhovic, Silvija Jestrovic and Michael Saward
Published by: Oxford University Press, 2021
The book underlines the co-constitutive nature of performance and politics suggesting that it is critical to develop an interdisciplinary approach to understand our complex political world. The book is structured around six themes…Read more

 

 

Theatre and National Identity in Colonial India: Formation of a Community through Cultural Practice-Written by: Sharmistha Saha

 

Book: Theatre and National Identity in Colonial India: Formation of a Community through Cultural Practice
Written by: Sharmistha Saha
Published by: The Springer, 2018
In this book, Sharmistha Saha deals with formations of two thought processes – the nationalist idea giving birth to the identity of being “Indian” and the formation of understanding what the term “theatre” connotes.
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Dalit Texts: Aesthetics and Politics Reimagined – Edited by: Judith Misrahi-Barak, K. Satyanarayana and Nicole Thiara

 

Book: Dalit Texts: Aesthetics and Politics Reimagined
Edited by: Judith Misrahi-Barak, K. Satyanarayana and Nicole Thiara
Published by: Routledge, 2020
This publication tries to understand the aesthetics present in the works of the Dalit writers that emerged due to the unique positioning of their experiences in a post-colonial context…Read more

 

 

 

Performance in Place of War – Written by: James Thompson, Jenny Hughes and Michael Balfour

 

Book: Performance in Place of War
Edited by: James Thompson, Jenny Hughes and Michael Balfour
Published by: Seagull Books, 2009
The book ‘Performance in Place of War’ seeks to explore how performance may play a role in preventing, offering and garnering protection, and rehabilitating war afflicts during and in the aftermath of war. The volume pays attention to how these claims of roles of performances…Read more