Sanskrit or Classical Theatre

  The precise origin of the Sanskrit drama is difficult to determine. Rudiments of the earliest known plays could be traced to the 1st century A.D., but many scholars consider the theatre tradition in India to be much older. Archaeological excavations do not point to...

Gujarati, Urdu and Hindi Theatres

The first play published in Gujarati was Laxmi Natak by Dalpatram in 1850, it was inspired by ancient Greek comedy Plutus by Aristophanes. The Parsi dramatic companies laid the foundation for the modern Gujarati and Urdu theatre in mid-1850s. In the year 1852, a Parsi...

Bengali Theatre

Bengali theatre has its roots in traditional folk performances and religious plays. The modern form of Bengali theatre began to evolve during the British Raj, particularly with the establishment of the Hindu Theatre in 1831 by Prasanna Kumar Tagore, marking the first...

Modern Theatre in India

Before the establishment of British rule in India, theatre primarily functioned as a source of entertainment for the elite, often referred to as “Manoranjan.” However, as the British Empire solidified its grip across regions like Bengal, Maharashtra, and...

Shadow Theatre in India

  Shadow puppets are silhouettes or cut-out figures manipulated to cast shadows on a screen or surface. This form of puppetry is often performed behind a backlit screen, with the puppeteer manipulating the puppets to create various characters and scenes. Shadow...

Kannada Theatre

Modern Kannada theatre had a beginning in 1918 with the staging of a drama by T.P. Kelaram. In 1930s, K.S. Karanth, A.N.Krishna Rao and others went far ahead to enrich it. After Independence, Girish Karnad, Lankesh and their other contemporaries have contributed a...
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