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Introduction

Vasudha Dalmia

in Poetics, Plays, and Performances

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780195695052
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080335 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195695052.003.0001
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This book was inspired by the emergence of the modern Indian theatre in the late 1970s. With the increasing urban interest in folk theatre and the influence of Brecht on Indian theatre, this book aims to highlight the impact of Brecht in Hindi plays. While discussing the goals of this book, the Introduction gives an overview of the concept of national theatre as it emerged in the 1960s and 1970s and its link with Hindi. In addition, the development of the Indian national theatre from the surge of theatrical activities which was prevalent in the metropolitan cities of India during the 1960s and 1970s are discussed and examined. Furthermore, it discusses the popularization of the Hindi language as the link language of theatre and the Indian society. Although not the ‘official’ language, Hindi became the hybrid language, which absorbed semantic resources of many traditions, whether in films, in popular press, in theatres, and in many spoken idioms. The concluding sections offer a quick survey of the respective discussions tackled in each of the chapter of the book.

Keywords: modern Indian theatre; folk theatre; Brecht; Brecht in Hindi plays; national theatre; Indian national theatre; Hindi language; hybrid language

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Subjects: Literary Studies (Plays and Playwrights)

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