‘To be More Brechtian is to be More Indian’

Vasudha Dalmia

in Poetics, Plays, and Performances

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780195695052
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080335 | DOI:
‘To be More Brechtian is to be More Indian’

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This chapter provides a biographical sketch of Habib Tanvir with particular attention to his intense theatrical commitment and activity from the period of nationalistic fervour to the period before the Independence in 1940s. Moreover, his acquaintance with members of the Progressive Writer’s Association (PWA) and Indian People’s Theatre Association (IPTA) are also discussed. In addition, it looks at the development of Tanvir’s folk theatre within the urban environment including his theatre’s interaction and struggle with Brecht’s theatre to create its own idiom. Latter sections of this chapter outline the process whereby Brecht’s theatre was creatively appropriated by a theatre practitioner including the pitfalls of careless and mindless integration of folk theatre to the urban stage.

Keywords: Habib Tanvir; Progressive Writer’s Association; Indian People’s Theatre Association; Tanvir’s folk theatre; folk theatre; urban stage; theatre

Chapter.  9935 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (Plays and Playwrights)

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