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Grounds for Play: The Nautanki Theatre of North India

By Kathryn Hansen

Manohar Publishers & Distributors, 1993. Hardcover. New. Nautanki theatre in North India continues to feed a sense of collective identity. Yet Nautanki`s role as a vital medium of com-munication has not been fully analysed till now. The author seeks to fill this gap and weaves her discussion into a well-defined historical fabric, drawing on both documents and oral sources to provide a chronological account of texts, themes, schools, music and meter. By animating diverse voices, she makes audible the chorus occuring within and among texts. Printed Pages: 368. Grounds for Play: The Nautanki Theatre of North IndiaKathryn Hansen9788173040566

$22.50

King Henry VIII

By John Margeson

Cambridge University Press, 2012. Softcover. New. Henry VIII was one of Shakespeare`s most popular plays in the eighteenth and nineteeenth centuries when great actors took the roles of Queen Katherine and Cardinal Wolsey and elaborate pageantry was much extended. It has not been staged so frequently in the twentieth century but a number of important recent productions have revealed the theatrical potential of a more complete text. Professor Margeson considers and illustrates the stage history of the play and gives a balanced account of the authorship controversy from the mid-nineteenth century when John Fletcher`s name was first put forward as a collaborator to recent scholarship which has not yet reached a consensus. The Introduction considers the political and religious background of the play its pageant-like structure and visual effects and its varied ironies. The commentary is detailed but concise explaining difficult passages and contemporary references and suggesting how the play might have been staged in an Elizabethan theatre or might still be staged for a modern audience. Printed Pages: 0. NA

$12.20

Performing Religion in the Americas: Media Politics and Devotional Practices of the 21st Century
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Performing Religion in the Americas: Media Politics and Devotional Practices of the 21st Century

By Alyshia Galvez

Seagull Books, 2007. First edition. Softcover. New. Each contribution illuminating one particular arena of religiosity in the Americas, these essays reveal that the multiple phenomena that can be lumped under the category ""religiosity"" are in fact astoundingly diverse. While several authors signal practices understood by the clergy to be heterodox, contemporary scholars reject the binary of `orthodox` versus `popular` religiosity. Rather, what happens to be considered heterodox or orthodox at any given moment or place is ever-shifting and never separate from other movements, collective notions and power dynamics in society. We see religiosity as one particularly rich arena for the analysis of social, political and cultural practices, illuminating transformations in the realm of devotional practices, but also spilling over into all other areas of social life. Because of the ways that religion involves both narrative and meta-narrative, practice and reflection, perhaps more than any other aspect of life, it is an excellent way of examining how communities and individuals in the Americas performatively and discursively constitute themselves. Further, religion is a lens-a privileged one at that-for getting at the globalizing late capitalist world`s intersections of power, money, cultural practices and repertoires. Printed Pages: 250. Performing Religion in the Americas: Media Politics and Devotional Practices of the 21st CenturyAlyshia Galvez9781905422401

$18.56

Stigmas of the Tamil Stage: An Ethnography of the Special Drama Artists in South India

By Susan Seizer

Seagull Books, 2006. First edition. Softcover. New. A study of the lives of popular theatre artists, Stigmas of the Tamil Stage is the first indepth analysis of Special Drama, a genre of performance unique to the southernmost Indian state of Tamilnadu. Held in towns and villages throughout the region, Special Drama performances last from 10 p.m. until dawn. There are no theatrical troupes in Special Drama; individual artists are contracted ‘specially’ for each event. The first two hours of each performance are filled with the kind of bawdy, improvisational comedy that is the primary focus of this study; the remaining hours present more markedly staid dramatic treatments of myth and history. Special Drama artists themselves are of all ages, castes, and ethnic and religious affiliations; the one common denominator in their lives is their lower-class status. Special Drama is looked down upon by the middle and upper classes as too popular, too vulgar and too ‘mixed’. The artists are stigmatized, especially the actresses who are marked as ‘public women’ by their participation in Special Drama. As Susan Seizer’s sensitive study shows, one of the primary ways the performers deal with such stigma is through ‘humour’ and linguistic play. Seizer draws on extensive interviews with performers, sponsors, audience members and drama agents as well as on careful readings of live Special Drama performances in considering the complexities of performers’ lives both on stage and off stage. Printed Pages: 464. Stigmas of the Tamil Stage: An Ethnography of the Special Drama Artists in South IndiaSusan Seizer9788170463214

$28.13

Performing Religion in the Americas: Media Politics and Devotional Practices of the 21st Century
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Performing Religion in the Americas: Media Politics and Devotional Practices of the 21st Century

By Alyshia Galvez

Seagull Books, 2007. First edition. Hardcover. New. Each contribution illuminating one particular arena of religiosity in the Americas, these essays reveal that the multiple phenomena that can be lumped under the category ""religiosity"" are in fact astoundingly diverse. While several authors signal practices understood by the clergy to be heterodox, contemporary scholars reject the binary of `orthodox` versus `popular` religiosity. Rather, what happens to be considered heterodox or orthodox at any given moment or place is ever-shifting and never separate from other movements, collective notions and power dynamics in society. We see religiosity as one particularly rich arena for the analysis of social, political and cultural practices, illuminating transformations in the realm of devotional practices, but also spilling over into all other areas of social life. Because of the ways that religion involves both narrative and meta-narrative, practice and reflection, perhaps more than any other aspect of life, it is an excellent way of examining how communities and individuals in the Americas performatively and discursively constitute themselves. Further, religion is a lens-a privileged one at that-for getting at the globalizing late capitalist world`s intersections of power, money, cultural practices and repertoires. Printed Pages: 250. Performing Religion in the Americas: Media Politics and Devotional Practices of the 21st CenturyAlyshia Galvez9781905422395

$23.43

Actors, Pilgrims, Kings and Gods: The Ramlila of Ramnagar

By Anuradha Kapur

Seagull Books, 2004. First edition. Softcover. New. The Ramlila at Ramnagar, Varanasi is a unique theatrical and religious event, a month-long enactment of the Ramayana story, which is now an annual tradition. The performance covers a whole town and involves an entire community from its Maharaja to its thousands of common people. Men, women and children follow the course of the processional performance, accompanying Rama from his exile to his triumphant return to Ayodhya to partake of the joy and glory of Ramarajya. Readers are plunged into the rich and lively experience of the Ramlila with its svarupas, effigies, masks, Ramayanis, Vyasas, gods, goddesses, demons and monkeys; with its theatrical gimmickry and spectacle and marvels; with its thronging, surging crowds. Performers and spectators are part of a seamless ceremony; and the readers re-live this whole experience through the vivid pages of Anuradha Kapur’s diaries. The work does many things at the same time. It documents and recreates an event; provides a rare insight into an Indian community’s negotiation with religious lore; unravels and explores a unique theatrical tradition; and above all offers us a piece of life-earthy, rumbustious, and sacred. Printed Pages: 250. Actors, Pilgrims, Kings and Gods: The Ramlila of RamnagarAnuradha Kapur9788170460466

$14.06

The Performing Arts: Music and Dance
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The Performing Arts: Music and Dance

By John Blacking & Joann W. Kealiinohomoku (Eds)

Mouton Publishers, 1979. First edition. Hardcover. New. 16 x 24 cm. Printed Pages: 356. NA

$302.93

The Theatre of Kanhailal

By Rustom Bharucha

Seagull Books, 1998. First edition. Softcover. New. H. Kanhailal`s work in Manipuri theatre is at the forefront of contemporary Indian theatre. With his group Kalakshetra Manipur and Sabitri, his leading actress, he has covered new ground in the use of vigorously physical, non-verbal, gestural theatre, using themes and motifs strongly rooted in Manipuri folklore and culture. His productions-notably Pebet and Memoirs of Africa-evolve through an organic creative process involving improvisation, song and dance, drawing on traditional dance and martial arts traditions. This volume takes a close look at the world of Kanhailal in which his theatre is so firmly located : The political and socioeconomic heritage of Manipur, its cultural politics, Kanhailal`s life in theatre, the partnership with his actress-wife Sabitri, her contribution to the productions, and the influence of Manipuri cultural forms on his style, technique and subject matter. His two major productions are reconstructed in the form of detailed performance texts, along with comprehensive photographic documentation. Pebet is a folktale deeply entrenched in the psyche of the Manipuri people, in which a mother bird fights to protect her children from a predatory cat. Kanhailal politicizes this familiar story, turning it into a struggle against the political and cultural colonization of Manipur. Memoirs of Africa is a short theatre piece based on a poem by L. Somorendra Singh in which the history of oppression in Africa stands for oppression anywhere in the world. The play focuses on the eternal persecution and survival of Mi, who could be either male or female. Printed Pages: 114. Theatre of KanhailalRustom Bharucha9788170460947

$13.13

Making the Best Man’s Speech: The Things That Really Matter About

By John Bowden

Viva Books Private Limited, 2007. Softcover. New. Printed Pages: 0. NA

$2.82

The Book of Night: A Moment from the Mahabharata

By Sibaji Bandyopadhyay

Seagull Books, 2008. First edition. Softcover. New. Words his only prop, a diseased and disfigured interloper sets up stage. Caught unawares, his spectators stand witness to a strange outpouring. As he rambles on, his tone shifting from the flippant to the morbid, from elation to despondency, from arrogance to sentimentalizing, the listeners begin to realize that he is merely re-telling a very old tale. The one-character one-act play The Book of Night: A Moment from the Mahabharata revolves around the re-turn of an irrepressible, and therefore, immortal anti-hero of Indian itihasa. But who is this resentful intruder? And why is he sick with repentance even as he seeks to avenge the injustice done to him? Printed Pages: 122. Book of Night: A Moment from the MahabharataSibaji Bandyopadhyay9788170463368

$14.81

Satyajit Ray: Essays (1970-2005)

By Gaston Roberge

Manohar Publishers & Distributors, 2007. Hardcover. New. The Essays offered here were written between 1970 and 2005. Teaching assignments, requests for articles, and the author`s own evolving interests prompted them. They were not written with the view to form a book. They are now published together in the conviction that, both singly and as a whole, they can contribute to a better appreciation of Satyajit Ray`s legacy. The essays deal with Ray as a filmmaker. The date on which each essay was written is indicated as it situates each in the Cultural context in which it was conceived. Out of the twenty-nine feature films of Ray, only eight, plus the Apu Trilogy as a whole, are discussed. Moreover, this small collection is not a selection, indicating preferences; nor is it a classification, rating the films. The discussion of Jana Aranya is the only essay that was written for this book to illuminate the evolution that took place from the first to the last Film of Satyajit Ray. In order to preserve their historical value, generally, the essays were not updated. Given Ray`s deep involvement in film education, especially in the film Societies Movement in India, it was felt mandatory to include two articles on the subject, one discussing the situation of the film societies today, and the other, inspired by Satyajit Ray, and proposing a programme of media Education for a new type of film society. Printed Pages: 280. Satyajit Ray: Essays (1970-2005)Gaston Roberge9788173047350

$26.06

Bells of Change: Kathak Dance, Women and Modernity in India
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Bells of Change: Kathak Dance, Women and Modernity in India

By Pallabi Chakravorty

Seagull Books, 2008. First edition. Hardcover. New. 16 x 24 cm. The first critical study of Kathak dance within the discourses of the modern and the global, tracing the arc of two centuries of Kathak : the colonial nautch dance, classical Kathak under nationalism and postcolonial-ism and `innovation` and `new directions` under transnational-ism and globalization. It blends various approaches from anthropology, ethnonmsicology, and performance, media and gender studies to map the journey of Kathak from baijis and tawaifs to the global stage. The book uses dance as a lens to explore the interaction between the actors and forces of cultural change from power and patronage to television and film. Printed Pages: 216. NA

$22.32

Indian Puppetry and Puppet Stories

By Sampa Ghosh,Utpal K Banerjee

Shubhi Publications, 2008. First edition. Hardcover. New. Whoever, in India, has not seen Rajasthani puppeteers wearing colourful costumes who make their Kath Putlis dance and execute actions right in front of the band of fascinated children (and adults)? Indeed, Puppetry is one of the most ancient skilled art forms in this land and virtually exists in all states. The puppets are animated objects that perform like characters in theatre and often much more. Especially for children, it is willing suspension of disbelief and thereafter huge enjoyment of the antics and frolics of the puppets performing and enacting stories right before their eyes. In fact, all puppets enact stories, even if in rudimentary forms at times. Myths and legends come alive in the stories narrated here. Animals perform likeable characters. Flowers and plants converse. Folk tales re-create their milieu. Fairies float in and out. Superstitions are taken by the horns in moral tales. Toothbrushes and combs traipse through strange tricks. Ghosts just come alive and have great fun. And aliens descend to earth to share secrets with kids. And it is primarily the kids (and adults who hold their belief in kids!) who are most likely to have a rollicking time with animated puppets. This book tells that there are many more puppets than only the Rajasthani Kath Putlis and they can do myriad things that are written about in these pages. Printed Pages: 128. Indian Puppetry and Puppet StoriesSampa Ghosh,Utpal K Banerjee9788182901339

$37.31

Back to the Roots: Essays on Performing Arts of India

By Jiwan Pani

Manohar Publishers & Distributors, 2004. Hardcover. New. Back to the Roots is a collection of Jiwan Pani`s articles which have been put together themewise. This book reflects his wide-ranging interests: the cult of Jagannatha, an individualistic and an in-depth Study of the Geetagovinda, the Oriya systems of Music and the third School along with Carnatic and Hindustani, his numerous scripts for dance-dramas, tele-serials and films, his deep study and understanding of Hindu and Buddhist systems of philosophy. These articles only go to prove that Jiwan Pani was a leading scholar of traditional Indian performing Arts and Indian aesthetics. This handsome volume with numerous photographs is a celebration of the true vidwan that Jiwan Pani was. Printed Pages: 124. Back to the Roots: Essays on Performing Arts of IndiaJiwan Pani9788173045608

$18.56

Sivaji Ganesan (The Legends of Indian Cinema)

By S. Theodore Baskaran

Wisdom Tree. Hardcover. New. A little boy leaves home to join a drama company to make his debut in the world of entertainment, spanning more than half a century. Printed Pages: 120. NA

$9.20

Playwright at the Centre

By Shanta Gokhale

Seagull Books, 2000. First edition. Hardcover. New. The Marathi theatre has been vigorously alive now for over one hundred and fifty years in a continuously vital way. It is one of the most active and prominent regional theatre traditions in this country. This pathbreaking study takes a close look at two streams of secular, urban theatre - the touring professional theatre centred in Mumbai, whose audience is largely the educated middle-class of Maharashtra`s small towns and cities; and the `other` or `parallel` theatre which came into being in the early fifties - with Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur as its centres - in rejection of the mainstream theatre which had become irrelevant to the post-Independence generation of college-educated youth. This is the first such history of Marathi drama to be attempted in English. Positing the centrality of the playwright to Marathi theatre, this volume takes a close look at milestones and breakthroughs, at significant plays and the trends they spawned. Particularly valuable are the extensive extracts, allowing the reader a rare glimpse of scripts which are otherwise impossible to access. The introduction is a rapid journey through one hundred years of theatre from 1843 to 1943, with halts along the way to look more closely at a play, a breakthrough, or a sign of audience taste that might have had a bearing on the direction in which theatre moved. Section one picks out for close examination the important works of the most significant playwrights of the `golden age` of contemporary Marathi theatre, during which the parallel theatre movement was born, burgeoned and went to seed, and the mainstream theatre grew to full maturity. The second section comprises an overview of theatre activity from 1985 to the present day, including verbatim interviews with contemporary playwrights. Additional material includes a section of long extracts from contemporary plays, otherwise unavailable in print, interviews with directors who are closely involved with the playwrights of today, and a section of rare archival photographs. Printed Pages: 594. Playwright at the CentreShanta Gokhale9788170461579

$29.81

Sacred to Profane: Writings on Performance and Worship
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Sacred to Profane: Writings on Performance and Worship

By Anjum Katyal

Seagull Books, 2006. First edition. Softcover. New. A nineteenth-century mystic in rural Bengal brings a flourish of theatricality to his method for curing the sick in a gruesome cremation ground strewn with bones and half-burnt corpses. An entire town in north India transforms itself into a sacred geography as the divine saga of Rama is performed in its streets, with everyone from the maharaja to the common man and woman turning into both spectactor and participant during the month of the Ramlila at Ramnagar. A qawwali performance in a Sufi shrine both skilfully manipulates and gives fervent expression to intense spiritual devotion. An actor takes on the persona of the goddess Sitala in a Calcutta street performance that moves between melodrama and worship. In Tamilnadu in south India, a traditional sacred performance form learns to adapt to contemporary circumstances. These essays explore the intricate connections between worship and per-formance, between the `sacred` and the `profane`, between the world of the `spirit` and the world of the audience. In the process they show up the multi-faceted, complex layering and overlapping that make any public act of worship simultaneously an act of socio-historical practice. The introductory essay by cultural studies scholar Sibaji Bandyopadhyay takes us on a roller-coaster ride through historical ideas of the performer and the concept of the profane, stitching together the key themes of the volume. Substantial appendices add valuable primary source material to the essays, and photographs in each chapter contribute a useful visual context. Printed Pages: 294. Sacred to Profane: Writings on Performance and WorshipAnjum Katyal9781905422166

$18.56

Dramatic Moments

By Nemai Ghosh

Seagull Books, 2000. First edition. Hardcover. New. Nemai Ghosh is best known for his photographs of Satyajit Ray at work and in his more private moments and moods, and his stills from Ray`s films. Ghosh has exhibited at Cannes in 1991, at London in 1992, and several times at Calcutta and Delhi, and published a selection of his Ray collection, Satyajit Ray at 70: Photographs by Nemai Ghosh, with a preface by Henri Cartier-Bresson (Brussels 1991). His second collection of photographs forms a pictorial history of theatre in Calcutta over the last four decades. He concentrates on the experimental theatre groups of the city and its neighbourhood-more than a hundred of them active at any given point of time-with a repertoire that features the whole range of classical and modern dramaturgy from all over the world as well as original, indigenous works. The photographs capture the distinctive individualities of renowned directors, actors and actresses like Sombhu Mitra, Utpal Dutt, Tripti Mitra, Badal Sircar, Ajitesh Bandyopadhyay, Manoj Mitra, Bibhash Chakraborty, Key a Chakraborty, Kumar Roy, and others, in performance as well as in directorial presence. Commentaries by theatre critic Samik Bandyopadhyay contextualize the performances that are further illuminated by a selection of readings and memorabilia-poems, directors` notes, interviews, reminiscences. Printed Pages: 199. Dramatic MomentsNemai Ghosh9788170461562

$33.75

The Dancing Phenomenon: Birju Maharaj (Series: Pocket Art)

By Leela Venkataraman

Lustre/Roli Books, 2001. Softcover. New. These souvenir books are presented in a small, elegantly produced postcard-size format of 64 pages, with 16 pages of text and 24 colour and black and white plates on art card with descriptive captions. The subjects range from art forms and artists, and cultural heritage, to cookery and places of interest. Written by experts with first-hand knowledge. Printed Pages: 64. Dancing Phenomenon: Birju Maharaj (Series: Pocket Art)Leela Venkataraman9788174361868

$5.63

Art of Public Speaking

By A. K. Batra

Lotus Press Publishers & Distributors, 2013. First edition. Softcover. New. People are generally afraid of public-speaking even Gandhiji succumbed when he rose to speak for the first time. But this is a need everyone must master for success in life, and there are few books on this subject. Now with the help of this intelligently presented course you can learn to deliver powerful, on-target speeches that capture an audience`s attention and drive home a message. The key is not just in the delivery techniques, but in tapping into the power of language. This is a concise book on how to give a meaningful and effective presentation. It is about people – people like you have to speak in front of critical listeners as part of their business lives. It gives you the know-how to recognize as well as maximize the opportunities you face throughout the day. The book is a comprehensive lesson on managing every part of the presentation process, from investigating audience needs and meeting-room layout to having back-up equipment and polished techniques for handling difficult people. This book has the tools you need become a relaxed, effective and commanding public-speaker. It provides a clean, concise, step-by-step approach with dozens of inside tips. Printed Pages: 148. NA

$4.70