Published by Oxford University Press in 2019
Author: Brahma Prakash, Charles Wallace India Trust Fellow 2019 – 20
Existing approaches to Indian theatre and performance studies, with some exceptions, no matter how admirable and ideologically progressive, continue to be shaped by residual strains of colonialism and caste-based feudal and elite cultures. One of the main contributions of the book rests in the very attempt to go outside of such bourgeois understandings regarding both its subject matter and approaches.
Brahma Prakash is the Charles Wallace India Trust Fellow 2019 – 2020 at CRASSH. He is Assistant Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi, India.
His research intersects theatre and performance studies, ritual, festival and protest studies in relation to the questions of marginality, aesthetics and cultural justice.
Prakash is the receipt of the Dwight Conquergood Award of the Performance Studies International (PSi) and is currently working on the imaginative practices of the subaltern communities in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. His articles appeared in Asian Theatre Journal, Theatre Research International and several edited volumes. His columns on culture and politics frequently appear in the Wire and other newspapers and platforms.
Read a Q&A with Brahma Prakash about his book.