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Semester and Year Offered:3rd Semester
Course Coordinator and Team: Vikram Singh Thakur
Email of course coordinator:vikram[at]aud[dot]ac[dot]in
Pre-requisites: Interest in drama and theatre
The course is designed to introduce students to various issues involved in contemporary Indian drama. Along with the study of plays the students will also be introduced to various dramatic traditions of India in which these plays are located. This will help students in contextualizing contemporary Indian drama and appreciate it in a nuanced and critical manner. Students will also be encouraged to focus on dramatic traditions other than the ones covered in the course in the form of presentations. Plays written in various Indian languages by dramatists like Dharamvir Bharti, Habib Tanvir, Mohan Rakesh, ChandrashekharKambar, Vijay Tendulkar, Girish Karnad, UtpalDutt, BadalSircar, Mahesh Elkunchwar, Mahesh Dattani, ManjulaPadmanabhan and Kusum Kumar will be included.
On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
Identify main dramatic traditions in India
Brief description of modules/ Main modules:
The course will introduce students to: realism in post-Independence drama, appropriation of folk and traditional idioms in urban drama, politics of caste and gender, revisiting history and mythology and political drama. Besides studying these plays students will also be shown video recordings of as many plays as possible to help them differentiate between drama and other genres of literature and develop a nuanced understanding of the styles and themes of various plays. Dramatic reading of at least one/two plays will be done in class to give them hands on experience of reading a play script. Students will also be encouraged to focus on dramatic traditions and linguistic sectors other than the ones covered in the course in the form of presentations which will be part of their continuous assessment.
The following plays will be taken up for detailed study in class:
Module I| INTRODUCTION: INDIAN DRAMA
This module introduces students to Indian drama and theatre – both ancient and modern. This will largely survey a brief history of drama in India covering classical Sanskrit drama, folk theatres, colonial theatres in India including the popular Parsi theatre and post-Independence theatre in India. The module features a documentary film Theatre of India by the well-known theatre director Jabbar Patel.
Module 2| REALISM AND CONTEMPORARY INDIAN DRAMA
This module would introduce students to realism in Indian drama as employed by various post-colonial playwrights. The module will take up detailed analysis of Vijay Tendulkar’s Shantata! Court ChaluAhe(Silence! The Court is in Session).
Module 3| APPROPRIATING FOLK IN CONTEMPORARY INDIAN DRAMA
An important component of post-Independence Indian theatre is the appropriation of the folk and traditional in urban dramas. The module will take up detailed analysis of Habib Tanvir’sCharandasChor (Charandas the Thief).
Module 4|HISTORY AND CONTEMPORARY INDIAN DRAMA
History and mythology have fascinated post-Independence Indian playwrights. The plays written by Girish Karnad, Indira Parthasarthy, Dharamvir Bharti, et al have used history and mythology to interpret the contemporary realities of their times. The module will look at the relationship between history/mythology with contemporary drama and take up Karnad’sTughlaq for detailed analysis.
Module 5|GENDER, CASTE AND CONTEMPORARY DRAMA
Identity has been crucial to contemporary Indian playwrights. Whether it is sexual, political, religious or social Indian dramatists have dealt with such identity issues in their dramas. The module will specifically engage with Kusum Kumar’s SunoShefali (Listen Shefali) a play exploring the correlation between gender and caste in contemporary India.
Module 6|POLITICS AND CONTEMPORARY DRAMA
Political theatre has always challenged the status quo. The module will explore the connection between the politics and theatre further and take up a detailed analysis of UtpalDutt’sMahavidroha (The Great Rebellion 1857).
Texts for Student Presentations:
Assessment structure (modes and frequency of assessments):
Period in which the assessment will take place
Throughout the semester
End Sep/early Oct
End Oct/early Nov
As per AUD academic calendar