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"We Need a House of Our Own": The Impasse of Indian Theatre after Independence

Title:"We Need a House of Our Own": The Impasse of Indian Theatre after Independence
Author:Bharucha, Rustom
Enumeration:Vol. 52 Issue no. 2; December 2000, p. 36-45
Abstract:The writer discusses the lack of interaction of theatrical traditions across regions and languages, apart from select groups involved in national and zonal festivals. Independent India's landmark first Drama Seminar, organized by the Sangeet Natak Akademi in 1956, anticipated several of the problems that theatre faces today. A vast spectrum of cultural identities remain unknown outside their own circle, and there is a lack of adequate working conditions for artists- rehearsal rooms, freedom from censorship, alleviation of the entertainment tax, and above all, a theatre of one's own making it difficult to sustain serious theatre as a discipline. Even so, the writer cites examples of individuals and groups who have survived against all odds and provided models for emulation. He stresses that solidarity among theatre workers across the country is necessary for their future survival and growth.

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