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Per Tale ki Zameen (in Hindi)

By Mohan Rakesh

Rajpal and Sons, 2009. Softcover. New. Printed Pages: 104. NA

$2.63

From the Comic to the Comedic: The Traditions of Comedy of Bhasa and Shakespeare

By Sudha Gopalakrishnan

Sharada Publishing House, 1993. First edition. Hardcover. New. 15 x 23 cm. A comparative study of classical Indian and Western drama with special reference to comedy that reveals interesting similarities and differences between the two in respect of aesthetic theory, theatric practice and elements of dramatic composition. The common ground between Western and Sanskrit theatre relates to the use of stage devices like pantomime, off-stage voices, soliloquy and play-within the play, as well as histrionic elements like dance and music, and the exaggerated costume and make up of the characters. But apart from these, Indian drama, as outlined in Natya Satra and maintained by stage performances through the centuries is markedly different from the Western, because while the latter mostly depends on realistic devices the former is basically a stylized mode of theatre which caters to an idealized audience. In Western drama, the interest of the audience in watching a play lies in the effective rendering of the dialogue, so that the verbal text is of primary value. But in traditional Sanskrit dramatic practice, the actor is encouraged to resort to an elaborate method of improvisation, using vocal and / or gestural expression, supplemented by the appropriate movements of the face and other parts of the body as well as by musical accompaniment. The written text has therefore only a minimal importance here. The method of dramatic composition of the comedies in both Western and Sanskrit traditions also bears striking similarities and divergences. These may be seen in the methods of employing plot, situation and themes as well as in the creation of character and the use of language. In the present study, the comedies of Shakespeare and Bhasa have been selected for closer analysis, because they seem to encompass within their respective spheres a wide variety of levels and interpretations of Western and Indian comedy. The two dramatists also seem to share a common underlying philosophy of comedy, namely, a joyous involvement in the process of living. Contents:- Preface 1. Introduction 2. The Aesthetics of Comedy 3. The Theatre of Comedy 4. The Themes of Comedy 5. Situations in Comedy 6. Characterization in Comedy 7. Imagery in Comedy 8. The use of Language in Comedy 9. Comedic Vision of Life Printed Pages: 176. NA

$20.63

Silent Cinema in India: A Pictorial Journey

By B.D. Garga (author) & Kevin Brownlow (frwd)

Collins/HarperCollins Publishers, 2012. First edition. Hardcover. New. 23 x 29 cm. This extraordinary book documents a glorious phase of cinema in India – the silent cinema era. Of the approximately 1,300 silent films produced between 1913 and 1931, barely one per cent have survived, and not all of these in their entirety. The book traces the stories of its earliest practitioners, who overcame many obstacles and pioneered several innovations to develop a cinema that often matched the standards of film-making in the West. B.D. Garga, arguably India’s finest film historian, paints a fascinating portrait of the era. Illustrated with rare publicity brochures, stills, posters and other invaluable memorabilia, and including a perceptive foreword by renowned Oscar-winning film historian Kevin Brownlow, Silent Cinema in India: A Pictorial Journey brings alive the story of the birth of cinema in a country that is now the largest producer of films in the world. Printed Pages: 245. Silent Cinema in India: A Pictorial JourneyB.D. Garga (author) & Kevin Brownlow (frwd)9789350290804

$187.46

Gendering the Nation: Identity Politics and English Comic Theatre of the Long Eighteenth Century

By Chandrava Chakravarty

Orient Blackswan, 2013. Hardcover. New. Gendering the Nation studies the role of the comic theatre in Britain during the long eighteenth century as a nation-building discourse. It evaluates the impact of the cultural phenomenon of Sentimentality on the English comic stage in conceptualising gendered identities for the men and women of a polite, genteel nation. The book analyses certain popular comic plays of the time to ascertain the extent to which they could constitute gender – masculinity and femininity – as the basis of a secure social order and a stable nation. A study of gender–culture interface, Gendering the Nation offers new readings of non-canonical plays and makes extensive use of several extra-literary discourses Tables of Contents:- Preface Introduction: ‘Penitence and Sweet Remorse’: Configuring Identity in the Long Eighteenth Century 1. Order/Disorder: The Discursive Matrix 2. Gendering Men and Women 3. Virtuous Wives: The Problematics of Representation 4. Cibber’s Fops: Marginal or Empowered? 5. The Benevolent Man Demystified 6. Reworlding the English Nation Bibliography Index Printed Pages: 220. NA

$24.38

Indian Theatre in 21st Century

By Utpal K Banerjee

Shubhi Publications, 2009. First edition. Hardcover. New. 22 x 30 cm. The book covers the contemporary existing scenario of Indian theatre –over the current decade – after tracing its roots briefly for different language-groups. The book`s uniqueness lies in its attention paid to the emerging professional theatre; wide prevalence of English, Hindi, Bengali and Marathi drama; overview of theatre in other regional languages (not covered in any recent tomes); and special focus in such ignored aspects as training theatre, educational theatre, competitive theatre and some nuances of theatre in Indian neighbourhood. One major emphasis in the book remains on the actual performance milieu in the country, -- how significant plays are presented by drama-groups, how they are to be critiqued for analysis and, in particular, how prominent directors visualise own productions for self-assessment. Again, such introspection has rarely been attempted in the prevalent ambience vis-à-vis the actual per-formative practice. All in all, the effort is to depart from theorisation on theatre as a whole, but concentrate on the realities of the ground and take stock of the holistic scenario. Introduction by Amal Allana present Chairperson of National School of Drama and Conclusion by Devendra Raj Ankur, NSD`s immediate-past Director provide expansive outlooks on Indian theatre, besides Reoti Sharan Sharma`s special narrative on Hindi theatre and M.S. Sathyu`s incisive commentary on the prevailing scene. Printed Pages: 242. Indian Theatre in 21st CenturyUtpal K Banerjee9788182901629

$74.81

Plays, Players And Playwrights: A Collection Of Articles on Theatre

By Laxmi Chandrashekar

B.R.Publishing Corporation, 1999. Softcover. New. Printed Pages: 186. NA

$12.20

Dishaen Badal Gayeen (in Hindi)

By Naresh Bharatiya

Rajpal and Sons, 2006. Hardcover. New. Printed Pages: 160. NA

$6.57

Sauparnika

By R. Narendra Prasad

Rupa Publications India Pvt. Ltd., 2002. Softcover. New. The vastness of Hinduism and some aspects of Indian culture have been systematically put together in this compact book. It talks about the revered gods and goddesses of the Hindu pantheon; it tells us why Krishna is blue; why the cow is sacred; why have Hindu gods been depicted with several arms, and soon. Printed Pages: 156. SauparnikaR. Narendra Prasad9788171679539

$1.50

Rabindranath Tagore: Red Oleanders a Drama in One Act

By Mohit K. Ray (Frwd)

Peacock/ Atlantic Publishers & Distributors (P) Ltd., 2012. Hardcover. New. Red Oleanders/Raktakarabi is one of the best plays of Tagore, the myriadminded and multifaceted genius; understandably ‘meanings’ have been sought ‘under the petals’, in spite of the author’s admonition, by countless readers, theatre-goers, performers/producers, and literary critics. Raktakarabi belongs to the symbolic phase (1922-1932) of Tagore’s experimentations with the dramatic form. The themes—materialism versus humanism, industry versus agriculture, possessive greed versus selfless love, etc.— are all superbly integrated into the symbolic structure of the play which, a powerful dramatic evocation of the evils of mindless industrialism, celebrates the perennial values of love, life and nature. In its symbolic suggestions and dramatic situations, luminous diction and lyrical resonance, the play is a literary tour de force and is comparable with any great play of the world. Tagore had also claimed that this play was based on ‘truth’. Is this the truth of facts, actuality, realism, or the truth of authentic perception inferred from the essence of human predicament? It is perhaps for the reader/audience to decide. Red Oleanders (1925), Tagore`s own translation of his Bengali play Raktakarabi (published in 1924), has been brought for the scholars and lovers of Tagore all over the world on the auspicious occasion of the year-long celebrations of the 15th birth anniversary of the poet. (1861-1941). A brilliant and comprehensive critical introduction has been added, which touches on all the major aspects of the play—its genesis and themes, ideas and symbols, images and metaphors, historical, social and political contexts, characters and situations, songs and dances, the meaning and the music, and intertextual parallels, leaving virtually nothing en route. It will not only add to the understanding and enjoyment of the play, but also prove immensely useful to all Tagore scholars. Contents : Foreword; Introduction; Red Oleanders; Appendices—(i) Tagore on Red Oleanders (talk: transcription by L.K. Elmherst); (ii) Tagore on Red Oleanders (article in VBQ); (iii) Paraphrase of Tagore’s poem ‘Vijayi’ (in Purabi); (iv) List of Tagore’s Major Plays Printed Pages: 66. NA

$11.07

Panch Parmeshver tatha Anya Natak (in Hindi)

By Chitra Mudgal

Rajpal and Sons, 2014. Softcover. New. Printed Pages: 136. NA

$4.13

The Colonial Staged: Theatre in Colonial Calcutta
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The Colonial Staged: Theatre in Colonial Calcutta

By Sudipto Chatterjee

Seagull Books, 2007. First edition. Softcover. New. From the late eighteenth century, Calcutta, first city of the British Empire, has been a hub of intersecting ideas and movements of change. Nowhere did the restless currents of history play themselves out more graphically than in the composite art of theatre and performance. This poineering study of the history of Bengali theatre looks at the plays mounted in the city in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and their reception. It goes on to study the cultural efflorescence known as the `Bengal Renaissance` and the subsequent politicization of a theatre imbued with ideas of nationalism and social reform, with a particular focus on the complex and problematic issue of the place of women in theatre. Printed Pages: 332. Colonial Staged: Theatre in Colonial CalcuttaSudipto Chatterjee9781905422449

$22.31

The Theatre of Bhanu Bharti: A New Perspective

By Diwan Singh Bajeli

Niyogi Books, 2013. First edition. Hardcover. New. 16 x 24 cm. Bhanu Bharti’s passion for tribal myths, rituals and ethnic stagecraft while exploring and expanding the frontiers of Indian theatre to reveal contemporary sensibilities has widened his artistic vision to a great length.As a young man he was witness to the great expectations and disillusionments of the Nehruvian era. And now confronting globalisation, the thespian and playwright is keen to reflect the many shades of current human dilemma. Some of his legendary productions in Gavari style – Kaal Katha, Amarbeej and Pashu Gayatri –give a contemporary ring to the beliefs of Bheels, their rituals and legends. These productions and the Gavari theatre form have been discussed in detail. The reader is upfront with the deep social concerns of Bhanu Bharti’s art, his trail-blazing innovations and the artistic complexities which have fascinated Indian theatre lovers through decades. Studying his work in greater depth and evaluating his innovative contribution is an enriching experience. Printed Pages: 170. NA

$16.88

Julius Caesar

By William Shakespeare

Rupa Publications India Pvt. Ltd., 2014. Softcover. New. 12 x 18 cm. Shakespeare composed Julius Caesar in about 1599, using as his source Sir Thomas North`s translation of Plutarch`s lives, which had been published about twenty years earlier. Though the play hinges on Caesar`s assassination, it is a very astute comment on the influences of political power. Through events surrounding his death, the themes of frustrated ambition and crude demagoguery are picked up and brilliantly handled. It is interesting to see how Caesar`s personality dominates the play, in spite of his brief stage appearance, and by contrast brings out the latent qualities in the other main characters-Brutus, Antony and Cassius. Printed Pages: 98. NA

$3.57

Julius Caesar (in Hindi)

By Shakespeare

Rajpal and Sons, 2014. Softcover. New. Printed Pages: 96. NA

$3.72

Mohan Rakesh ke Sampurna Natak (in Hindi)

By Mohan Rakesh

Rajpal and Sons, 2014. Hardcover. New. Printed Pages: 472. NA

$18.75

Caturasra Madhyama Natyamandapa

By H.V. Sharma

Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd., 2001. First edition. Hardcover. New. 14 X 22 cm. Printed Pages: 112. NA

$15.00

Contemporary Indian Theatre: Interviews with Playwrights and Directors

By Rajinder Paul

Hope India Publications, 2006. 5th or later edition. Hardcover. New. 23 X 29 cm. This book puts together views of twenty-six playwrights and directors whose work was featured in the unique ‘retrospective’ of Indian theatre, the Nehru Shatabdi Natya Samaroh in 1989, organized by Sangeet Natak Akademi. As a document of a phase of Indian theatre in the twentieth century, the book is invaluable. Bibliographies of published drama, lists of staged productions, lists of staged productions, and a large number of photographs give it added value as a reference work. Printed Pages: 192. Contemporary Indian Theatre: Interviews with Playwrights and DirectorsRajinder Paul9788178710976

$27.75

Rang Yatra: Part I and Part II Twenty-five Years of the National School of Drama Repertory Company

By National School of Drama

Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd., 1992. First edition. Hardcover. New. 15 X 23 cm. Printed Pages: 302. NA

$30.00

King Lear (in Hindi)

By Shakespeare

Rajpal and Sons, 2015. Softcover. New. Printed Pages: 168. NA

$4.70

Toofan (in Hindi)

By Shakespeare

Rajpal and Sons, 2014. Softcover. New. Printed Pages: 118. NA

$3.72

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