Beyond Bollywood and Broadway

Beyond Bollywood and Broadway : Plays from the South Asian Diaspora

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This collection of 11 plays, from North America, the U.K., and South Africa-many published here for the first time-delves into the vibrant, cosmopolitan theatre of the South Asian diaspora. These original and provocative works explore the experience of diaspora by drawing on cultural references as diverse as classical Indian texts, adaptations of Shakespeare and Homer, current events, and world music, film, and dance. Neilesh Bose provides historical background on South Asian migration and performance traditions in each region, along with critical introductions and biographical background on each playwright.Includes works by Anuvab Pal, Aasif Mandvi, Shishir Kurup, Rahul Varma, Rana Bose, Rukhsana Ahmad, Jatinder Verma, Sudha Bhuchar and Kristine Landon-Smith, Ronnie Govender, Kessie Govender, and Kriben more

Product details

  • Paperback | 520 pages
  • 154.94 x 233.68 x 27.94mm | 725.74g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253220688
  • 9780253220684
  • 1,718,695

Review quote

The collection is well-structured, with a broad historical overview of the South Asian Diaspora and of its theatre, followed by four distinct sections, each dealing with a selected locale and selected playwrights, with a representative play for each. Bose does not succumb to the temptation of covering too much ground cursorily. The strength of the book is its judicious balance between breadth and depth. 11/16/2010 * * . . . fills a conspicuous gap in the literature of the South Asian diaspora. July 1, 2009 * Khabar * An important contribution to the field of South Asian diasporic studies . . . it has significant potential to invigorate both an academic audience and a general audience of theatre enthusiasts interested in South Asian diasporic drama. -- Rajini Srikanth * co-editor, Contours of the Heart: South Asians Map North America * By any estimation, 'Beyond Bollywood and Broadway' is an amazing start to a discussion of South Asian diaspora theatre . . . . This is a book that should be read by anyone interested in postcolonial migration, diaspora communitites and arts, or theatrical traditions in any of these countries.2009 -- Kristen Rudisill * Bowling green State University *show more

About Assistant Professor Department of History Neilesh Bose

Neilesh Bose is a historian and theatre artist. He has published reviews and criticism in TDR; Theatre Survey; Theatre Journal; Catamaran: A Journal of South Asian American Writing and other more

Table of contents

AcknowledgmentsAn Introduction to South Asian Diasporic Theatre Neilesh BosePart I. The United States1. Chaos Theory Anuvab Pal2. Sakina's Restaurant Aasif Mandvi3. Merchant on Venice Shishir KurupPart II. Canada4. Bhopal Rahul Varma5. The Death of Abbie Hoffman Rana BosePart III. United Kingdom6. Song for a Sanctuary Rukhsana Ahmad7. 2001: A Ramayana Odyssey Jatinder Verma8. Strictly Dandia Sudha Bhuchar and Kristine Landon-SmithPart IV. South Africa9. The Lahnee's Pleasure Ronnie Govender10. Working Class Hero Kessie Govender11. Looking for Muruga Kriben PillayList of PlaysGlossaryNotesBibliographyIndexshow more