Suggested Syllabi

Increasingly, universities and colleges expect diversity in the curricula of their programs, and, increasingly, Theatre departments are turning to “Asian Theatre” as a means of diversifying what they offer students.

But “Asian Theatre” can be an intimidating  subject for faculty whose own training and experience lies in the theatre traditions of Europe and the United States.  The great variety of theatrical traditions in Asian regions, alone, are a daunting obstacle.  And the diverse history, anthropology, religions, politics, arts, and cultures of the various Asian regions, not to mention the languages, make it very difficult for any individuals to aspire to competence as “Asian Theatre” scholars.

All by itself, India has a complex history, arcane politics, curious religions, a variety of strange and unrelated art forms, and many distinct cultures and languages.  Never mind Asia.  If India doesn’t intimidate you, you haven’t taken it seriously.

Without graduate school concentration, language training, a relevant publication record, and time in India, educators may not be able to teach a complete, semester-long “Theatre In India” course.  But capable, experienced teachers can bring India into broader history, theory, literature, and other performance studies courses.

The syllabi included here are intended to help non-specialists integrate material concerning theatre in India into their courses.  Included here are recommended ‘units’ that may help incorporate material from this Introduction to Theatre in India resource into existing courses.

History of Theatre in India

Three-Week Survey


Performance Theory

• Rasa

Dramatic Literature

• Sanskrit Drama

Devotional Theatre

• Ras Lila and Ram Lila

• Kudiyattam and Kathakali

Colonial and Post-Colonial Theatre

Shakespeare in India

Nildurpan

IPTA

One-Week Survey


Performance Theory

Rasa

Dramatic Literature

Kalidasa and Shakuntala

Devotional Theatre

Ram Lila

Politics and Theatre

IPTA

Summary


Performance Theory

Rasa

Dramatic Literature

Kalidasa

Devotional Theatre