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Yigal Bronner
One of the foremost minds in the field of Indology and linguistics today, 69-year-old David Dean Shulman was born and brought up in Iowa in the Midwest, USA. After finishing school, Shulman immigrated to Israel and gained a BA degree in Islamic History from Hebrew University. He grew fascinated…
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Priya V.
Bahurupis of Karnataka, demarcated as OBC under the state’s census reports, are itinerant performers of hagalu vesha[1] or pagati vesha[2]. Predominantly acted out by the male members of the community[3], theirs is an orally passed down musical tradition nurtured and guarded within the families of…
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Priya V.
The bahurupis of Karnataka, categorised under the OBC category by the state’s census reports, are itinerant performers of hagalu vesha or pagati vesha. Also known as the ‘sadhus of the cemetery’, they impersonate mythological characters and stage amusing episodes that also comment on daily events.…
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Priya V.
Bahurupis of Karnataka, demarcated as belonging to the OBC category according to the state’s census reports, are itinerant performers of what are referred to as hagalu vesha or pagati vesha. Impersonating mythological and sometimes social characters, they stage amusing episodes to offer spiritual…
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Shrinjita Biswas
Eminent theatre personality Veenapani Chawla (1947‒2014) established Adishakti in Mumbai in 1981, in a quest to evolve a unique theatre language. Later, she shifted Adishakti to Puducherry, where it finally settled into its own campus in 1981. The theatre that Chawla wanted to mould and explore was…
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Perumal Venkatesan
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Shrinjita Biswas
‘In Europe, theatre is dying like the epidemic,’ wrote Eugenio Barba, the director of the Odin Teatret (Odin Theatre, Denmark) to the Indian theatre practitioner Veenapani Chawla (Fig.1) in 1996. Chawla shared Barba’s lament. In India, too, both contemporary and traditional forms of theatre were…
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Kesavan Veluthat
Professor Muttayil Govindamenon Sankara Narayanan (b. 1932), better known as M.G.S., has been a major cultural presence in Kerala for more than six decades. Educated in the University of Madras from where he earned a master’s degree in History with a first in first, M.G.S. taught in the Zamorin’s…
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Shrinjita Biswas
Veenapani Chawla (1947‒2014) was an acclaimed theatre personality who opened new frontiers in modern Indian theatre. After finishing an MA in History, she taught history and English in schools in Mumbai. When she took drama classes for her young students, she was so fascinated by the craft that she…
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