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A Socio-Political History of Marathi Theatre: Thirty Nights (3 Vols-Set)

Makarand Sathe, Oxford University Press, 2015, 1400 p, 3 Vols, ISBN : 9780199450381, $190.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

A Socio-Political History of Marathi Theatre: Thirty Nights (3 Vols-Set)

Volume I : ‘Listen, for I speak …’ Thus embarks the clown on a journey in search for ‘who am I?’   Narrated in the manner of the Arabian Nights, albeit over thirty nights, the engaging dialogue between the clown and the playwright unfolds the course of Marathi theatre which has a rich, vibrant, and diverse history of over 175 years.   Beginning with the staging of the first Marathi play, this volume looks at the period from 1843 to 1947. The period witnessed the commencement of renaissance in Maharashtra; the encounter with the European project of modernity and the intense anti-colonial struggle that followed; the social reform movement in Maharashtra; and the overthrow of the British rule.   Translated from Marathi Rangbhoomichya Tees Ratree, this three-volume compendium is a historical analysis of Marathi theatre from a socio-political perspective. It attempts to understand the lives and relationships of mainly the middle-class people in Maharashtra-and, going beyond, even the working classes and the so-called lower castes-during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Volume II : ‘Listen, for I speak …’ Thus embarks the clown on a journey in search for ‘who am I?’   Narrated in the manner of the Arabian Nights, albeit over thirty nights, the engaging dialogue between the clown and the playwright unfolds the course of Marathi theatre which has a rich, vibrant, and diverse history of over 175 years.   This volume looks at the plays that came in the three decades after Independence, that is, between 1947 and 1975. The period, also known as the golden period of Marathi theatre, was a complex mixture of hope and struggle, of new social movements and the rise of cynicism.   Translated from Marathi Rangbhoomichya Tees Ratree, this three-volume compendium is a historical analysis of Marathi theatre from a socio-political perspective. It attempts to understand the lives and relationships of mainly the middle-class people in Maharashtra-and, going beyond, even the working classes and the so-called lower castes-during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.   

Volume III : ‘Listen, for I speak …’ Thus embarks the clown on a journey in search for ‘who am I?’   Narrated in the manner of the Arabian Nights, albeit over thirty nights, the engaging dialogue between the clown and the playwright unfolds the course of Marathi theatre which has a rich, vibrant, and diverse history of over 175 years.   This volume deals with the period after 1975 when the trope of experimental theatre was on the rise. The period saw an increase in maturity and complexity of the plays in contemporary times, as a result of the socio-political factors. Translated from Marathi Rangbhoomichya Tees Ratree, this three-volume compendium is a historical analysis of Marathi theatre from a socio-political perspective. It attempts to understand the lives and relationships of mainly the middle-class people in Maharashtra-and, going beyond, even the working classes and the so-called lower castes-during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. 

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