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A Vaishnava Theatrical Performance in Nepal: The Kāttī-pyākhã of Lalitpur City

A Vaishnava Theatrical Performance in Nepal: The Kāttī-pyākhã of Lalitpur City Abstract: Every year, during the lunar month of Kārtik (October–November), the Newars of Lalit­pur city (Nepal) stage a theatrical play called kāttī-pyākhã . Despite changes over the ages, this performance, which dated back to the seventeenth century, is a relic of ancient medieval Newar theatre. It is mainly Vaishnava in character, though it includes also some Shaivite features and comic interludes. The present article is an ethnographic account of this enduring tradition. It also explores the religious and cultural contact of the play, as well as its aesthetics codes and languages. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Theatre Journal University of Hawai'I Press

A Vaishnava Theatrical Performance in Nepal: The Kāttī-pyākhã of Lalitpur City

Asian Theatre Journal , Volume 29 (1) – Jul 11, 2012

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Abstract: Every year, during the lunar month of Kārtik (October–November), the Newars of Lalit­pur city (Nepal) stage a theatrical play called kāttī-pyākhã . Despite changes over the ages, this performance, which dated back to the seventeenth century, is a relic of ancient medieval Newar theatre. It is mainly Vaishnava in character, though it includes also some Shaivite features and comic interludes. The present article is an ethnographic account of this enduring tradition. It also explores the religious and cultural contact of the play, as well as its aesthetics codes and languages.

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Asian Theatre JournalUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jul 11, 2012

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