Drama is integral to Indian literature and culture. Traditional theatre integrated and synthesized divergent strands of our social fabric. Kavyeshu Natakam Ramyam. Text is a basic requirement of performance. In Indian context a play is known as drishya kavya or visual classic. Sanskrit drama flourished for a long time. Subsequently, a vacuum followed. From age-old Rasa-oriented Indian aesthetics a shift to the alien, conflict-based approach is perceptible, due to colonial rule. From 1831 to the present day Indian English Drama has evolved as a distinct genre, with fascinating features.
This volume comprises twenty-three papers showcasing various aspects of Indian English drama spread over a period of hundred years. Reputed, senior critics rub shoulders with young and dynamic scholars, only to ispire and prepare them for the future.