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

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Bangalore, Jan 22: Bangalore University will host a three-day IV Annual Conference on 'Indian Theatre and the West' in which 57 eminent theater personalities across from India and abroad were participating, from 24th of this month, University Vice Chancellor Dr H A Ranganath informed here today.

Speaking to newspersons Dr Ranganath informed that Prof David Whitten of Lancaster University, International Federation for Theater Research (IFTR) President Prof Brian Singleton, Prof David Mason of South Dakota University and Prof Paul Liffon of Rhodes College are among the 57 noted theater personalities from India and abroad on the occasion.

Dr Ranganath also informed that the main aim of the three day International Conference was to learn more about ways to build research in Indian theatre. The influence of Indian Theater on the West would be deleberated upon by the participants who draws from all parts of the country and from abroad including USA, Pakistan, Germany Ireland, UK, Canada and Israel.

The Conference would be looking at the different magnitudes of Western influences on Indian Theatre in terms of Playwriting, Production, Training, Reception and theoretical understandings and also India's presence in the Western Theatre world, he added.

Dr Ranganath said that theatre as an academic discipline in Universities and in research front it is still in the back yard of higher education. There are no remarkable works on the theatre practices happening across the country for the coming generations.

Even there is no documentation on the proominent works of major theatre personalities.

He said more than 60 research papers would be presented during the Conference. There are papers addressing the diverse issues of different theatres in India from traditional to the contemporary theater. Papers in the sessions for Kannada theatre discuss various aspects of Kannada theatre from folk theatre to modern theatre using different tools and approaches.

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


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