National Seminar on Indian Drama in English (NSIDE2008)

Venue: Gandhigram University

Location: Dindigul, Tamil Nadu, India

Event Date/Time: Dec 20, 2007
Abstract Submission Date: Jan 21, 2008
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In the domain of Indian Writing in English, drama, unlike novel and poetry, is a much neglected genre and it has been referred to as the �sad Cinderella waiting for a knight� to give it an identity. Against this backdrop, this national seminar on Indian Drama in English will definitely serve as a platform to scholars and students alike to undertake an in-depth study of Indian drama and dramaturgy which will eventually help the academic community to familiarise themselves with the dramatic tradition of India, both ancient and modern, and national as well as regional, and also assess and critique the works of Indian playwrights writing in English. The seminar will also examine the representation of Indian culture embodied in these plays.

The seminar will focus on major as well as minor playwrights and national as well as regional dramas. Teachers and research scholars are invited to present papers on the works of:

Rabindranth Tagore
Sri Aurobindo
T. P. Kailasam
Asif Currimbhoy
Gurucharan Das
Girish Karnad
Mahesh Dattani
Manjula Padmanabhan
Vijay Tendulkar
Badal Sircar

They may present papers on other notable dramatists as well. They may also present papers on:

Natyasastra and ancient Indian dramaturgy
Indigenous/Alternate theatre
Drama as literature and performance
Comparative study of playwrights and their works