This work reviews and analyzes from a fresh angle the stage by stage chronicle of theatre art, theatrical trends, actor directors, playwrights as well as theatre personalities active in the history of theatre during last century and half of Gujarati literature. That is what distinguishes this work from a history of literary theatre. The work also includes an elaborate feature about Bhavai, the traditional (folk) theatre, and the pioneering endeavour of Parsi community for the inception of theatre in its own tongue as well as in Gujarati. This is a very informative delineation of the emphatic impact made by politics, society, literature and theatre on one another.
About the Author
Hasmukh Baradi is associated with Gujarat Amateur Theatre for the last two decades. He has written plays as well as essay on theatre topics. He has also been in the forefront of the folk-oriented activity of street-play. During the period between 1990 and 1992, he was a Senior Fellow at the Department of Cultural Affairs of the Government of India. Professionally, he has devoted two decades of his career to production of TV programmes, one and spent considerable time for imparting media training. He has visited Russia, Germany, England, Poland, Bulgaria and Malaysia to acquaint himself with the direction techniques employed in the theatre and TV programmes in those countries. Noteworthy among his work are 'Natak Sarikho Nadar Hunnar' [An exquisite craft like theatre] and Janardan Joseph (a play)
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