This course offers a comparative prespective on important trends in modern drama. Through highly participatory pedagogic methods, the students are encouraged to share their special interest in examining specific themes, techniques of theatre representation, acting and writing.
Definitions: The origin and function of drama. The connection between drama, literature, theatre, cinema and performing arts.
Historical over-view of various trends in the West: Naturalism in the plays of Chekhov, Ibsen, Strindberg. Antinaturalistic movements such as expressionism of Luigi Pirandello, epic theatre of Bertolt Brecht, surrealism in the plays of Samuel Beckett, Ionesco. The rise of ritualistic, political theatre of Brook, Schechner, Akalitis.
Developments in Post-independence Indian drama: Classical ritualistic theatre of Ramlila, Mahabharata etc. Intermediary or Political Folk drama, such as Jatra, Nautanki, Tamasha, Street Plays. Modern naturalistic drama of Badal Sircar, Mohan Rakesh, Vijay Tendulkar.
John Gassner (ed): A Treasury of Theatre: Modern European Drama from Henrik Ibsen To Jean Paul Sartre, Volume Two. Simon and Schuster. New York.
Peter Brook (Tr.): Mahabharata, Harper and Row, 1985.
Richard Schechner: Performative Circumstances from the Avant-Garde to Ramlila, Seagull Publications, 1983.
Eric Bentley: The Playwright As Thinker, 1967.
Girish Karnad (Ed.): Contemporary Indian Theatre Interviews with Playwriters and Directors, Sangeet Natak Academi, 1989.