Drama and Ritual of Early Hinduism
Drama and Ritual of Early Hinduism sets out to explore the foundations of theatre in ritual practice. In a careful, systematic way Lidova lays out a process by which the classical Sanskrit theatre may have come into existence. Scholars have wrestled with this question for centuries. Because of this work we have a better understanding of the process. The work is bound to encourage further speculation about this topic in the years to come.
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Page v - The sheer enormity and diversity of its cultural expressions in music, dance, dance/ drama and theatre are the envy of many nations around the world. This series intends to assemble some of the best books now available on these subjects. Without exaggeration, a series such as this would not have been possible twenty years ago when I first began writing about Indian theatre. At that time little more than a few dozen books comprised the entire field of scholarship in the English language, not to mention...