The Unknown Puppets of Northeast

The Unknown Puppets of Northeast

By Sampa Ghosh Puppetry holds a lower position in the list of performing arts of India. Many scholars say that India is the birthplace of puppetry, which is generally agreed all over the world. Still, in the field of performing arts scene in India, most people put it aside as a ‘children’s art’. But, if […]

Greek Theatre Masks: The Rich History

  The rich ancient history of Greek theater is inextricably linked to the use of Greek masks and one can hardly tell the story of the ancient theater without referring to them. The concept of using masks in theater was born from worship of Dionyssos, the Greek god of fertility and wine. There were a […]

Drama as per Indian History

Drama as per Indian History

Indian drama dates back to the Rig vedic dialogue hymns  in the Vedic period. Drama was later established as a distinct art form in the last few centuries BC. Bharata Muni wrote Natya Shastra (ca. 200 BC – 200 AD), a dissertation on the structure and purpose of theatre in society. Some of the most […]

Important Facts About the Greek Theatre and Greek Drama

Important Facts About the Greek Theatre and Greek Drama

Greek Tragedy 1. Tragedy revolves around a tragic hero who suffers misfortune. 2. In his Poetics, Aristotle wrote about the qualities of tragedy, which include a catharsis or cleansing:Aristotle’s Tragedy Terminology. 3. Greek tragedy was performed as part of an estimated 5-day Athenian religious festival, which may have been instituted by Peisistratus. 4. The Great […]

Musical Theatre

Musical Theatre

Musical theatre is a form of theatre combining music, songs, spoken dialogue and dance. The emotional content of the piece – humor, pathos, love, anger – as well as the story itself, is communicated through the words, music, movement and technical aspects of the entertainment as an integrated whole. Since the early 20th century, musical […]

Classical Chinese Theatre

Classical Chinese Theatre

There are references to theatrical entertainments in China as early as 1500 BC during the Shang Dynasty; they often involved music, clowning and acrobatic displays. The Tang Dynasty is sometimes known as “The Age of 1000 Entertainments”. During this era, Ming Huang formed an acting school known as the The Pear Garden to produce a […]