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Performing Women/Performing Womanhood: Theatre, Politics, and Dissent in North India

Nandi Bhatia


This book brings visibility to the work of women who performed on the borderlines of dominant theatrical activity and engaged in dramatic enactments that contested middle-class codes of female propriety, which became normalized in the national popular consciousness. It recovers, excavates, and remembers the contribution of the neglected as well as known figures in theatre history from north India, in languages which include Hindi, Urdu, and Punjabi, and cements their place in the canon of Indian theatre. It examines the diverse modes of dramatic representation and performance — myth, folklore, ... More

Keywords: women, theatrical activity, actresses, Indian theatre, dramatic performance, social movements, emancipation, gender, nationalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780198066934
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198066934.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nandi Bhatia, author