Varied shades of Traditional Indian Theatre

Indian Folk Theater and its Origins 2

From Kashmir to Kanyakumari, Gujarat to West Bengal theatre has made an impact and every different culture have something different to contribute. India is a country that is filled with diversity from North to South and East to West. Every two kilometers one will find something different and unique to their culture.

There are various forms of theatre in India, some of the traditional forms are as follows:

Nautanki
Before the arrival of cinema, this was the most popular art of entertainment. Basically, the story surrounds mythological and folk tales to the story of contemporary heroes.

Forms of Traditional Indian Theatre 1

Koodiyattam
It was earlier a part of a ritual performed in the sacred theatre known as Koothambalams. 2001, it was officially recognized as a Masterpiece of the Oral Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

Indian Folk Theater and its Origins

Tamasha
A form is mostly seen in Maharashtra. It is a piece of classical music, fast footwork and vivid gestures in the Lavani dance that gives this a distinctive character.

Forms of Traditional Indian Theatre

Raasleela
It is based on Lord Krishna’s legends. It is beautifully enacted with songs and scenes of lord Krishna pranks. Mostly found in Uttar Pradesh.

Women in Modern Indian Theater 5

These are a few of the many different forms of theatre. For more stay tuned to IWMBuzz.com.

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