Conference on 'Indian Theatre and the West' from Jan 24

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Bangalore, Jan 22 (UNI) Bangalore University will host a three-day fourth annual conference on 'Indian Theatre and the West' from January 24, which would see the participation of 57 eminent theatre personalities from across the country and abroad, Vice-Chancellor Dr H A Ranganath said today.

Talking to newspersons here, he said Prof David Whitten of Lancaster University, International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR) President Prof Brian Singleton, Prof David Mason of South Dakota University and Prof Paul Liffon of Rhodes College would be among the participating theatre personalities.

Dr Ranganath said the main aim of the conference was to learn about the ways to build research on Indian theatre. The influence of Indian theatre on the West would be deliberated upon by the participants, drawn from countries like the USA, Pakistan, Germany Ireland, the UK, Canada and Israel.

The conference would be looking at the different magnitudes of Western influence on Indian theatre in terms of playwriting, production, training, reception and theoretical understandings, he added.

He said more than 60 research papers would be presented during the conference, addressing the diverse issues of different theatres in India from traditional to the contemporary.

Conference coordinator and Reader in Theatre Arts Dr Nagesh Bettakote, who was also present, said the conference was organised by the Bangalore University Department of Performing Arts, in association with the Indian Society for Theatre Research (ISTR).

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