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Badal Sircar: towards a theatre of conscience

By: Katyal, Anjum.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New Delhi Sage Publications 2015Description: xxiii, 266 p.ISBN: 9789351503705.Subject(s): Theater - India | Experimental theater - India | Badal Sarkar - Criticism and interpretationDDC classification: 891.44271 Summary: Badal Sircar (1925-2011) is one of the most important and influential figures in the history of post-independence Indian theatre. As a playwright, he contributed seminal texts which have inspired the country’s leading directors and continue to be produced by younger groups. In terms of form, he was responsible for Third (later called Free) Theatre, an urban theatre which was alternative, non-proscenium, mobile and very physical. As a theorist and philosopher of Indian theatre, he opened up the discourse to include concerns with democratic human interaction and a search for a more just and equitable society. As a teacher and mentor, he traveled widely across the country holding workshops which had a deep impact on hundreds of theatre workers, including some major directors. This book is a full-length, detailed study of Badal Sircar’s life and work, with its three distinct phases: the playwriting for the proscenium stage, with path-breaking texts like Evam Indrajit, Pagla Ghoda and Baki Itihas; the departure to non-proscenium physical theatre focused on the actor, with its social critique and commitment to conscientisation; and the dissemination phase of extensive workshops and mentoring. (http://www.sagepub.in/books/Book248153?q=Badal%20Sircar&pageTitle=productsSearch)
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Table of Contents:


1. Bitten by the Bug

2. The Early Years

3. Ebong Indrajit : The Game Changer

4. A Creative Year

5. Nigerian Interlude

6. An Established Playwright

7. Proscenium Farewell

8. Indoors and Outdoors

9. The Third Theatre

10. Devised Theatre

11. The Workshop Way

12. The Woman Question

13. Talking Politics

14. The Final Years

15. Appendix: List of Plays

16. Select Bibliography



Badal Sircar (1925-2011) is one of the most important and influential figures in the history of post-independence Indian theatre. As a playwright, he contributed seminal texts which have inspired the country’s leading directors and continue to be produced by younger groups. In terms of form, he was responsible for Third (later called Free) Theatre, an urban theatre which was alternative, non-proscenium, mobile and very physical. As a theorist and philosopher of Indian theatre, he opened up the discourse to include concerns with democratic human interaction and a search for a more just and equitable society. As a teacher and mentor, he traveled widely across the country holding workshops which had a deep impact on hundreds of theatre workers, including some major directors.

This book is a full-length, detailed study of Badal Sircar’s life and work, with its three distinct phases: the playwriting for the proscenium stage, with path-breaking texts like Evam Indrajit, Pagla Ghoda and Baki Itihas; the departure to non-proscenium physical theatre focused on the actor, with its social critique and commitment to conscientisation; and the dissemination phase of extensive workshops and mentoring.

(http://www.sagepub.in/books/Book248153?q=Badal%20Sircar&pageTitle=productsSearch)

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