<i>Ras</i> and Affect in Ramlila (and the Radheshyam Ramayan)

Ras and Affect in Ramlila (and the Radheshyam Ramayan) <p>Abstract:</p><p>This article gives insight into why verses from the "Radheshyam Ramayan," an early-twentieth century epic poem in Hindi–Urdu by Pandit Radheshyam Kathavachak, have been so widely adapted in India&apos;s theatre of Ramlila. Through a close reading of Kathavachak&apos;s chapter/scene "Dhanuṣ-yajña" (<i>The Bow Ritual</i>), and its staging at one amateur Ramlila in the author&apos;s hometown of Bareilly, this article argues that the text&apos;s bold, charming dialogues are very much suited to the themes and dramatic styling of Ramlila. Kathavachak&apos;s vigorous battles of wits between rivals are used to great effect not only in actual battle scenes, but also in rousing scenes like "<i>The Bow Ritual</i>" where Lakshman engages in fierce repartee with Parashuram after Ram&apos;s breaking of the bow. This article also brings together contemporary understandings of the critical terms <i>ras</i> (also spelled "<i>rasa</i>") and affect to help explicate this style of theatre.</p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Theatre Journal University of Hawai'I Press

<i>Ras</i> and Affect in Ramlila (and the Radheshyam Ramayan)

Asian Theatre Journal, Volume 36 (1) – Mar 13, 2019

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Abstract

<p>Abstract:</p><p>This article gives insight into why verses from the "Radheshyam Ramayan," an early-twentieth century epic poem in Hindi–Urdu by Pandit Radheshyam Kathavachak, have been so widely adapted in India&apos;s theatre of Ramlila. Through a close reading of Kathavachak&apos;s chapter/scene "Dhanuṣ-yajña" (<i>The Bow Ritual</i>), and its staging at one amateur Ramlila in the author&apos;s hometown of Bareilly, this article argues that the text&apos;s bold, charming dialogues are very much suited to the themes and dramatic styling of Ramlila. Kathavachak&apos;s vigorous battles of wits between rivals are used to great effect not only in actual battle scenes, but also in rousing scenes like "<i>The Bow Ritual</i>" where Lakshman engages in fierce repartee with Parashuram after Ram&apos;s breaking of the bow. This article also brings together contemporary understandings of the critical terms <i>ras</i> (also spelled "<i>rasa</i>") and affect to help explicate this style of theatre.</p>

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Published: Mar 13, 2019

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