Nandi Bhatia

in Performing Women/Performing Womanhood

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780198066934
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080076 | DOI:

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In recent years, theatre practitioners have become actively engaged in producing a self-reflexive theatre that addresses the life stories of performers like Gulab Bai and Binodini Dasi, brings to the fore women's performing traditions, and enacts stories by writers such as Ismat Chughtai. This chapter emphasizes that, in rendering visible the significance of female and feminist modes of performance, contemporary theatre practitioners offer new methodological directions for thinking about the gendered history of theatre in modern India. The plays and performances through which contemporary practitioners articulate the lives and stories of female artists, therefore, become additional critical source materials that underscore the need to both accommodate and appreciate women's heterogeneous contributions to theatre and compel us to assess these practitioners' attempts to broaden the scope of scholarship on the subject.

Keywords: women's theatre; contemporary theatre; gender; theatre practitioners; performers

Chapter.  2084 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Plays and Playwrights)

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