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The Royal Temple Theater of Krishnattam by Martha Bush Ashton-Sikora et al. (review)

The Royal Temple Theater of Krishnattam by Martha Bush Ashton-Sikora et al. (review) 486 Book Reviews REFERENCES Brandon, James R., ed. 1997 [rev.]. Cambridge Guide to Asian Theatre. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Leiter, Samuel, ed. 2007. Encyclopedia of Asian Theatre. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. Poser, Dassia N., Claudia Orenstein, and John Bell, eds. 2014. Routledge Reader on Puppets in Contemporary Performance. New York: Rout- ledge. THE ROYAL TEMPLE THEATER OF KRISHNATTAM. By Martha Bush Ashton-Sikora, Robert P. Sikora, A. Purushothaman, and A. Harindranath. New Delhi: D. K. Printworld Ltd., 2016. 298 pp. $30. Very little has been written on krishnattam, a contemporary dance-drama form of kathakali and critical work examining the training and performance ele- ments are certainly limited. What is largely available are encyclopedia entries, online descriptive accounts, or newspaper articles. Therefore, this book, a revised second edition of Ashton-Sikora’s 1993 book Krishnattam, is certainly welcomed. The book has ten chapters, including Martha Ashton-Sikora’s highly detailed introduction discussing her relationship with krishnattam, her experi- ence of watching performances between 1970 and 1985, and her encounters with the actors, spectators, teachers, and scholars. This chapter, written in highly accessible language, not only opens an overview of the life and cul- ture of Kerala in the 1970s and 1980s but also speaks about http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Theatre Journal University of Hawai'I Press

The Royal Temple Theater of Krishnattam by Martha Bush Ashton-Sikora et al. (review)

Asian Theatre Journal , Volume 34 (2) – Aug 14, 2017

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486 Book Reviews REFERENCES Brandon, James R., ed. 1997 [rev.]. Cambridge Guide to Asian Theatre. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Leiter, Samuel, ed. 2007. Encyclopedia of Asian Theatre. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. Poser, Dassia N., Claudia Orenstein, and John Bell, eds. 2014. Routledge Reader on Puppets in Contemporary Performance. New York: Rout- ledge. THE ROYAL TEMPLE THEATER OF KRISHNATTAM. By Martha Bush Ashton-Sikora, Robert P. Sikora, A. Purushothaman, and A. Harindranath. New Delhi: D. K. Printworld Ltd., 2016. 298 pp. $30. Very little has been written on krishnattam, a contemporary dance-drama form of kathakali and critical work examining the training and performance ele- ments are certainly limited. What is largely available are encyclopedia entries, online descriptive accounts, or newspaper articles. Therefore, this book, a revised second edition of Ashton-Sikora’s 1993 book Krishnattam, is certainly welcomed. The book has ten chapters, including Martha Ashton-Sikora’s highly detailed introduction discussing her relationship with krishnattam, her experi- ence of watching performances between 1970 and 1985, and her encounters with the actors, spectators, teachers, and scholars. This chapter, written in highly accessible language, not only opens an overview of the life and cul- ture of Kerala in the 1970s and 1980s but also speaks about

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