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Brecht in Hindi

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/9780195695052.003.0006
Brecht in Hindi

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Delineating the influence of Brecht’s theatre on the countries of the so-called Third World, this chapter compares the conventions between Brecht’s epic theatre and the north Indian folk form svang or nautanki. With the constant, almost insistent claim that Brecht’s theatre form bears resemblance to the folk traditions in India, this chapter throws light on the convergences and divergences between the Brechtian theatre and Indian folk tradition. Furthermore, it brings to light some of the salient features of the Sanskrit drama and Indian folk theatre and the formal aesthetic features of Brechtian epic theatre wherein their functions and features are contrasted and compared.

Keywords: Brecht; Brecht’s theatre; north Indian folk form; svang; nautanki; folk tradition in India; Sanskrit drama; Indian folk theatre; Brechtian epic theatre

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Subjects: Literary Studies (Plays and Playwrights)

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