Issue 31


September 2001. Guest Editor Hanne M.D. Bruin

This special issue of Seagull Theatre Quarterly focuses on novel forms of theatre that emerged in different regions in Indian from the 1840s. These incipient theatres were the result of the colonial encounter, and the socio-economic, political, and psychological effects this brought in its wake. I have used, with some reservation, the term 'hybrid theatres' to refer to these new theatres as a distinct and a historical phenomenon, of the very practical reason that they combined, in varying degrees of synthesis, different ingredients in their performance styles and repertories. These ingredients included elements and performance structures of indigenous expressive genres and melodramatic performance conventions and proscenium stage techniques gleaned from the Western Victorian theatre.
(Introduction by Guest Editor Hanne M.D. Bruin, Amsterdam, 26 July 2001)
Provincial elites, urban intellectuals, and a new Marathi theatre
Veena Naregal

From colonial jatra to native theatre: 
Hybrid aesthetics of nineteenth century Bengali theatre
Sudipto Chatterjee

Use of Adversity:
Embodiments of culture and crisis in the Prahladanataka of Orissa
John Emigh

The history of the rural natakam or 'drama' in North Tamilnadu
Hanne M. de Bruin

Persistence of conventions: 'company drama' and the Tamil cinema
S. Theodore Baskaran

Interview with P.K.Bhupathi
P. Rajagopal

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