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Folk Theatre Pandwani Based on the Epic Mahabharata

Price : $49.75
ISBN # : 9788170175391
Author : Niranjan Mahawar
pages: 134
Edition : Hardcover
Volumes : 1
Publisher : Abhinav Publications
Published : 2013

Pandwani is a theatrical form of India which has gained fame throughout the world. It is a mono theatre form of presentation that originated among the Pradhan Gond tribe of Chhattisgarh. Originally in the form of a long ballad containing many Gond myths and epigraphical elements, today many of these elements have been replaced by the text of the Mahabharata. Theatrical performers improvise on the Mahabharata text of Sabal Singh Chauhan which is set in Doha-Choupai metre in Avadhi language. Performers improvise this text in numerous ways while performing with the result that everyone has his own method of performing. The volume is a detailed study of the Pandwani theatrical form. It examines different episodes from the various styles of Pandwani, such as Dewar Pandwani and Pardhan Pandwani. It explores the Pandwani text as set down in verse by Sabal Singh Chauhan detailing the episode of Kichaka Vadha killing of Kichaka. Supported by numerous illustrations of the artistes in the act of performing the episodes, it details the text and rendering of present-day Pandwani especially as rendered by Jhaduram Devangan, one of the topmost performers of Pandwani who followed the text of Sabal Singh Chauhan. It details his favourite episode, Swargarohan (Journey to Heaven), which he performed in sitting posture with mimes like the abhinaya of Kathak dancers. The book presents the full text of the verse, with the dohas in Avadhi followed by their translation in English. The author, Niranjan Mahawar has been documenting tribal and folk arts, folk theatre forms, folklore, tribal myths and other aspects of tribal and folk ways. He has published numerous articles on the subject. He was the executive committee member of Madhya Pradesh Adivasi Lok Kala Parishad as an expert on tribes for eight years and a member of South Central Zone Cultural Centre in all its committees for eight years.

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Tuesday 21 May, 2013.

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