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 famous playwrights in ancient Sanskrit drama included Śudraka, Bhāsa, Kalidasa and Dandi.

Theatre of India began with the Rig Vedic dialogue hymns during the Vedic periodic South Africa, regardless of its Indian origins, and Sanskrit drama was established as a distinct art form in the last few centuries BC. During the Middle Ages, the Indian subcontinent was invaded a number of times. This played a major role in shaping of Indian culture and heritage. Medieval India experienced a grand fusion with the invaders from the Middle East and Central Asia. British India, as a colony of the British Empire, used theatre as one of its instruments in protest. To resist, the British Government had to impose "Dramatic Performance Act" in 1876. From the last half of the 19th century, theatres in India experienced a boost in numbers and practice.

After Indian independence in 1947, theatres spread throughout India as one of the means of entertainment. India, being a multi-cultural nation, cannot be associated with a unique trend and feature in its theatres. Presently, major threats to Indian theatre are the spread of the television industry and the spread of films produced in the Indian film industry based in Mumbai (formerly Bombay), known as "Bollywood". Lack of finance is another major trouble



One Response to “Drama as per Indian History”

  1. Ajay singh says:

    Culture is always people’s identity. Where drama is also the medium of awarness of social and cultural change in the society. Today it is only means of going and getting success in hindi film industry. Youngsters need to understand this.

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