The Spectrum of Indian Theatre with Monash

The exceptional Monash guest lecturer Prof Vanashree will be giving a Public Lecture on:-

The Spectrum of Many Indias and the Theatre of Girish Karnad’

Friday 19 May, 2017
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Consulate General of India – 344 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3004
FREE! (However, registration is required by Fri 12th May)

Theatre traditions in India survive and gather new strength and legitimacy because they register our passionate struggle with the urge to speak out in the interest of social justice and truth……

Girish Karnad is one such playwright who believes that, as the repertory of its people, theatre has to be unequivocally the art of public life, having a public origin and public effect. Through the worlds of his plays, Yayati, Hayavadana, Tale-Danda, The Fire and the Rain, Bali, Tughlaq, Wedding Album, Karnad allows us to enter into comprehensive dimensions of Indian experiential realities. In doing so, he invites us into the spectrum of many Indias: sexual, spiritual, intellectual, religious, moral, secular, and political, that created space in our history for frequent revolutionary ruptures drawing their core energy from the myth of freedom. ​As products of new theoretical, textual, material and cultural conditions reinforced by the experience of democracy, cultural autonomy and the sense of a new nationhood, they pushed into the public domain the issues which afflicted our society and called for rethinking. 

Karnad’s plays have made their presence felt in the last several decades for their highly radical content. As a playwright, his maturity of vision comes to the fore as a more consummate corollary to the theatre practices in India in Sanskrit, Hindi, Marathi, Kannada and Bengali.  Karnad infuses a new energy in modern Indian drama in ensuring that it is not only meant to be the site of entertainment but also of the radical revolution of thought. Drawing upon a range of aesthetic conventions, both folk and classical, this presentation will demonstrate how Karnad’s performance methods pronounce commitment to sustaining the power of dramatic art as social energy. Delivered into the dialogues and visuals with the intent to produce and organize collective physical and mental experiences, Karnad makes the very act of theatre going a celebratory solidarity energizing the spirit of Indian democracy.
ALL welcome – So, if you can make it to St Kilda next Friday afternoon, it will be well worth the trip – an invigorating afternoon hearing about Indian theatre! Open your mind to the possibilities!