February 24, 2008

In the domain of Indian Writing in English, drama is a much neglected genre

National Seminar on Indian Drama in English on February 7 & 8, 2008
India State Tamil Nadu City Dindigul Email
Contact Faculty of English and Foreign Languages Gandhigram Rural University, Gandhigram- 624 302 Dindigul Dist., Tamil Nadu URL
Venue Gandhigram University Description

In the domain of Indian Writing in English, drama, unlike novel and poetry, is a much neglected genre and it has been referred to as the "sad Cinderella waiting for a knight" to give it an identity. Against this backdrop, this national seminar on Indian Drama in English will definitely serve as a platform to scholars and students alike to undertake an in-depth study of Indian drama and dramaturgy which will eventually help the academic community to familiarise themselves with the dramatic tradition of India, both ancient and modern, and national as well as regional, and also assess and critique the works of Indian playwrights writing in English. The seminar will also examine the representation of Indian culture embodied in these plays.

The seminar will focus on major as well as minor playwrights and national as well as regional dramas. Teachers and research scholars are invited to present papers on the works of: Rabindranth Tagore Sri Aurobindo T. P. Kailasam Asif Currimbhoy Gurucharan Das Girish Karnad Mahesh Dattani Manjula Padmanabhan Vijay Tendulkar Badal Sircar They may present papers on other notable dramatists as well. They may also present papers on: Natyasastra and ancient Indian dramaturgy Indigenous/Alternate theatre Drama as literature and performance Comparative study of playwrights and their works

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