Cultural Labour

Conceptualizing the ‘Folk Performance’ in India

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ISBN:

9780199490813

Publication date:

05/08/2019

Hardback

352 pages

216.0x140.0mm

Price: 1195.00 INR

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ISBN:

9780199490813

Publication date:

05/08/2019

Hardback

352 pages

216.0x140.0mm

Brahma Prakash

In Cultural Labour, the author examines various ways in which meanings and behaviour are engendered in communities through rituals, theatre, and enactments. Focusing on various motifs of landscape, materiality, and performance, the author looks at the relationship between culture and labour in its immediate contexts. Based on an extensive ethnography and the author’s own life experience as a member of such a community, the book offers a new conceptual framework to understand the politics and aesthetics of folk performance in the light of contemporary theories of theatre and performance studies.

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Brahma Prakash

Description

Folk performances reflect the life-worlds of a vast section of subaltern communities in India. What is the philosophy that drives these performances, the vision that enables as well as enslaves these communities to present what they feel, think, imagine, and want to see? Can such performances challenge social hierarchies and ensure justice in a caste-ridden society?

In Cultural Labour, the author studies bhuiyan puja (landworship), bidesia (theatre of migrant labourers), Reshma-Chuharmal (Dalit ballads), dugola (singing duels) from Bihar, and the songs and performances of Gaddar, who was associated with Jana Natya Mandali, Telangana: he examines various ways in which meanings and behaviour are engendered in communities through rituals, theatre, and enactments. Focusing on various motifs of landscape, materiality, and performance, the author looks at the relationship between culture and labour in its immediate contexts. Based on an extensive ethnography and the author’s own life experience as a member of such a community, the book offers a new conceptual framework to understand the politics and aesthetics of folk performance in the light of contemporary theories of theatre and performance studies.

About the Author

Brahma Prakash teaches theatre and performance studies at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India.

Brahma Prakash

Table of contents

Preface

Introduction

  1. Historiography : Performance between Traces and Trash
  2. Landscape: Drumming the Land in Bhuiyan Puja
  3. Materiality: Bidesia against Erasure and Displacement
  4. Viscerality : Guts to perform Dugola
  5. Performativity: Public and Hidden Transcripts in the Play of Reshma-Chuharmal
  6. Choreopolitics: Reclaiming Cultural Labour in the Act of Gaddar and Jana Natya Mandali

Conclusion

Bibliography

Index

About the Author

Brahma Prakash

Brahma Prakash

Brahma Prakash

Description

Folk performances reflect the life-worlds of a vast section of subaltern communities in India. What is the philosophy that drives these performances, the vision that enables as well as enslaves these communities to present what they feel, think, imagine, and want to see? Can such performances challenge social hierarchies and ensure justice in a caste-ridden society?

In Cultural Labour, the author studies bhuiyan puja (landworship), bidesia (theatre of migrant labourers), Reshma-Chuharmal (Dalit ballads), dugola (singing duels) from Bihar, and the songs and performances of Gaddar, who was associated with Jana Natya Mandali, Telangana: he examines various ways in which meanings and behaviour are engendered in communities through rituals, theatre, and enactments. Focusing on various motifs of landscape, materiality, and performance, the author looks at the relationship between culture and labour in its immediate contexts. Based on an extensive ethnography and the author’s own life experience as a member of such a community, the book offers a new conceptual framework to understand the politics and aesthetics of folk performance in the light of contemporary theories of theatre and performance studies.

About the Author

Brahma Prakash teaches theatre and performance studies at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India.

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Table of contents

Preface

Introduction

  1. Historiography : Performance between Traces and Trash
  2. Landscape: Drumming the Land in Bhuiyan Puja
  3. Materiality: Bidesia against Erasure and Displacement
  4. Viscerality : Guts to perform Dugola
  5. Performativity: Public and Hidden Transcripts in the Play of Reshma-Chuharmal
  6. Choreopolitics: Reclaiming Cultural Labour in the Act of Gaddar and Jana Natya Mandali

Conclusion

Bibliography

Index

About the Author

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