Abstract

Abstract:

The Jatra of Bengal, India is embedded in religious celebration, and communal and cultural quests. Jatra is known for its distinctive presentational styles comprising song-dance sequences, larger than life physicalization, enthralling dialogues, and the anthropomorphizing of the “conscience,” commonly known as the bibek. This article focuses on an interview with Shekh Madhusudan, the 87-year old Jatra artist who reminiscences about his relationship with this form of theatre. This interview exposes how religion, and his journey as a bibek in relation to the dramatic and theatrical theories of postcolonialism and hybridity inform the nature of contemporary Jatra in West Bengal.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2165-2686
Print ISSN
0888-3203
Pages
pp. 97-107
Launched on MUSE
2019-08-11
Open Access
No
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