Module Identifier DR33530  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr Daniel Meyer-Dinkgrafe  
Semester Semester 2  
Course delivery Lecture   1 x 1 hour per week  
  Seminars / Tutorials   1 x 1 hour per week  
  Practical   3 x 2 hours  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam 2 hour written exam  50%
Semester Assessment 2 essays of 2500 words each  50%

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
To demonstrate a clear, critical understanding of theatre practice in India

To apply critically methodology and vocabulary relevant to issues of discussion regarding Indian theatre

To relate critically their direct experience of Indian performance to the theories discussed


To give students the opportunity of studying the theatre of India   
To examine appropriate methodologies and vocabulary relating to relevant theories and practices of Indian theatre;
To give students the opportunity of gaining direct experience of Indian theatre through workshops with an Indian performer

Brief description

The module provides an introduction to Indian theatre?its origins, and its varied manifestations over the centuries until today. Students will have at least one workshop with an Indian performer as part of their learning experience.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Background
Bharata, Muni (1987) The Natyashastra, transalted by a board of scholars. Delhi: Sri Satguru
Brandon, James (ed) (1997) The Cambridge Guide to Asian Theatre Cambridge: Cambridge UP
Gaston, Anne-Marie (1997) Bharata Natyam: From Theatre to Temple New Delhi: Manohar
Mee, Erin (2001) Dramacontemporary: India Baltimore: John Hopkins UP
Miller, Barbara Stoler (1984) Theater of Memory: The Plays of Kalidasa New York: Columbia UP
Richmond, Farley (1990) Indian Theatre. Traditions of Performance Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press
Richmond, Farley (1998) Kutiyattam: Sanskrit theater of India Ann Arbour: University of Michigan Press
Yarrow, Ralph (2000) Indian Theatre: theatre of origin, theatre of freedom London: Curzon
Zarrilli, Phillip (1998) When the body becomes all eyes: paradigms, discourses and practices of power in Kalarippayattu, a South Indian martial art Oxford: Oxford UP
Zarrilli, Phillip (2000) Kathakali dance-drama : where gods and demons come to play London ; New York : Routledge,


This module is at CQFW Level 6