NOTES FROM THE ARCHIVE: STAGING TRANSITIONS – THEATRE OF THE 90s IN INDIA
During the 1980s, the nature of Indian polity and social milieu began to move away from a centralised political control to decentralised local led development. This gradual process gained momentum and culminated in institutionalised forms in the 1990s. During this period, private and international enterprises emerged as important forces of operation in Indian polity as a result of structural adjustment programmes ending the government monopoly over the economy. In addition, this period saw the emergence of identity politics as an important political force. At this time India was attempting to create an image as an emerging superpower and policy-makers recognised culture as ‘soft-power’ to meet this end. This decade was consequential to culture, and especially theatre, as the shifting policies had direct bearing on the functioning of this space. Through this series, the Alkazi Theatre Archives will explore the evolving dynamics in theatre as a result of its interaction and negotiation with larger socio-political changes occurring during the 1990s.