Post-Independence Indian Theatre: A Critical Perspective

deadline for submissions: 
March 1, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Debayan Deb Barman/T H L H Mahavidyalay, University of Burdwan

CALL FOR PAPERS FOR EDITED BOOK ON INDIAN THEATRE

Abstracts are invited from academics and research scholars for a book which shall be an anthology of critical essays on the work of the following modern Indian dramatists: Asif Currimbhoy, Habib Tanvir, Mahesh Dattani, Girish Karnad, Vijay Tendulkar, Dharamveer Bharati, Mohan Rakesh, Badal Sircar and Mahesh Elkunchwar, Ratan Thiyam and Heisnam Kanhailal. The book will be jointly edited by Dr. Sushanta Bardhan, Associate Professor of English, Suri Vidyasagar College (University of Burdwan) and Dr. Debayan Deb Barman, Assistant Professor of English, THLH Mahavidyalay (University of Burdwan). It will be published with ISBN from a reputed international/national level publisher.

Abstracts with title of the paper and within 500 words along with Author’s information (including name, designation, institutional affiliation, address for communication, E-mail and contact number) and a brief bio-note stating academic achievements, areas of interest, important publications etc. may be sent through E-mail to debayandebbarman@gmail.com . The authors of the selected abstracts will be informed individually through E-mail acceptance letter after which they can send in the full papers. Important dates are given below:
Last date for submission of Abstract is 1st March 2018.
Last date of intimation of acceptance of Abstract: 10th March, 2018.
Last date for submission of full papers: 10th April, 2018.
Full papers, that have to be original, previously unpublished in-depth research papers, will go through a double blind peer review process. Contributors of the full papers are requested to follow the MLA 7th edition style sheet, Times New Roman, 12 font and double space. Also, please use only References and Endnotes. Do not use Footnotes. An essay preferably may be of 3000 words at least. For photographs to be used as illustration, the author has to arrange prior permission from the concerned source/authority. 

CONCEPT NOTE
The pre-colonial performance traditions in India comprised of the Sanskrit ‘natya’ and various ‘folk’ performances. Now, the word ‘theatre’ precisely refers to the kind of naturalistic proscenium performance of a play ‘imported’ into India by the British colonizers. This form influenced and was imitated by native playwrights and directors. However, in the post-Independence era we see a conscious effort among many important playwrights/directors to break away from the conventions of this ‘imported’ form and trying to construct new performance idioms. Perhaps a post-colonial consciousness triggered the varied and interesting experiments in form and content, acting and production of plays in post-1947 India. Often, a tendency to reconnect with the pre-colonial past is also apparent. Having said this, there however is no iota of doubt that the playwrights were ultimately concerned with contemporary realities of modern free India.
Keeping in mind the above context, the book will be an anthology of critical essays in the field of performance studies, analysing major plays and/or overall work of the following playwrights/directors of post-1947modern Indian theatre: Asif Currimbhoy, Habib Tanvir, Mahesh Dattani, Girish Karnad, Vijay Tendulkar, Dharamveer Bharati, Mohan Rakesh, Badal Sircar and Mahesh Elkunchwar, Ratan Thiyam, Haisnam Kanhailal. The aim is to get an in-depth understanding of ideology, theory and praxis of each playwright/director in the theatre.

LIST OF PLAYWRIGHTS IS NOT LIMITED TO THE ABOVE MENTIONED ONLY. CONTRIBUTERS MAY SELECT ANY OTHER INDIAN POST-INDEPENDENCE PLAYWRIGHT FROM ANY STATE/LANGUAGE.