Marathi Theatre

Vishnu Das Bhave was a pioneer of Marathi theatre, who tried to give a new dimension to the Indian theatre with his effective plays like Raja Gopichanda and Sita Swayamvar in 1840s. His innovations consisted in having the play’s characters act in a manner closer...

Puppetry in India

  Puppetry is a popular form of entertainment theatre in different parts of India, which uses various forms, known as ‘puppets’, to illustrate the narratives. The origin of puppetry in India goes back to the ancient times. Excavations at several Harappan sites have...

Distinguished Theatre Personalities of India

Alyque Padamsee: Alyque Padamsee, known as the “Advertising Guru of India”, is a well-known Indian theatre personality and advertising professional, who headed the advertising company Lintas. Of the 70-odd plays that Padamsee has directed, several are adaptations of...

Tolubommalata

  Tolubommalata is a 700-years old leather puppetry shadow theatre tradition found in the Telugu speaking areas of South India like Andhra Pradesh and parts of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Very little is known of its form or its practitioners prior to the late 1950s,...

Folk Theatre of Tamil Nadu

Kuruvanji: Kuruvanji forms part of the characteristic Tamil literature in poetry and song. The earliest ‘Kuruvanji’ composed by Thirukutarajappa Kaviyar about 300 years ago was the ‘Kutrala Kuruvanji’. Kuavanji is considered a variety of smaller prabhandha that...
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