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A Socio-Political History Of Marathi Theatre: Thirty Nights by Makarand Sathe (review)

A Socio-Political History Of Marathi Theatre: Thirty Nights by Makarand Sathe (review) 296 BOOK REVIEWS A SOCIO-POLITICAL HISTORY OF MARATHI THEATRE: THIRTY NIGHTS. By Makarand Sathe. London: Oxford University Press, 2015. Box Edition, 3 Vols. Hardcover, $236.07. Makarand Sathe’s A Socio-Political History of Marathi Theatre: Thirty Nights is described by Kumar Ketkar, in the introduction, as part discourse and part keertan, a didactic form of storytelling employed in Hindu temples (p. xxiii). Using a meta-framework of narrative dialogue between a clown and a playwright to trace the history of Marathi theatre, Sathe does a magnificent job of keeping readers aware of regional and national narratives occurring in colonial/post-colonial India by drawing parallel influences between theatre and national politics. He offers several insights into Marathi theatre while simultaneously acknowledging noteworthy contributions made by those overlooked by the mainstream. The book details substantial historical information intertwined between the history of India in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, excerpts from plays that deepen the reader’s understanding of the work, critical analysis, and commentary. A Socio- Political History of Marathi Theatre grapples with a core question of “Who am I?” over three volumes, spread over a course of thirty nights (which are presented as thirty chapters). Sathe’s examination explores the psyche of playwrights, their contributions, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Theatre Journal University of Hawai'I Press

A Socio-Political History Of Marathi Theatre: Thirty Nights by Makarand Sathe (review)

Asian Theatre Journal , Volume 37 (1) – Jun 20, 2020

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296 BOOK REVIEWS A SOCIO-POLITICAL HISTORY OF MARATHI THEATRE: THIRTY NIGHTS. By Makarand Sathe. London: Oxford University Press, 2015. Box Edition, 3 Vols. Hardcover, $236.07. Makarand Sathe’s A Socio-Political History of Marathi Theatre: Thirty Nights is described by Kumar Ketkar, in the introduction, as part discourse and part keertan, a didactic form of storytelling employed in Hindu temples (p. xxiii). Using a meta-framework of narrative dialogue between a clown and a playwright to trace the history of Marathi theatre, Sathe does a magnificent job of keeping readers aware of regional and national narratives occurring in colonial/post-colonial India by drawing parallel influences between theatre and national politics. He offers several insights into Marathi theatre while simultaneously acknowledging noteworthy contributions made by those overlooked by the mainstream. The book details substantial historical information intertwined between the history of India in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, excerpts from plays that deepen the reader’s understanding of the work, critical analysis, and commentary. A Socio- Political History of Marathi Theatre grapples with a core question of “Who am I?” over three volumes, spread over a course of thirty nights (which are presented as thirty chapters). Sathe’s examination explores the psyche of playwrights, their contributions,

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Asian Theatre JournalUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jun 20, 2020

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