Marathi Drama (1074 words)

Literary/ Cultural Context Essay

  • Sudeshna Kar Barua (University of Calcutta)

No study of Indian drama is considered quite complete if it overlooks plays written in Marathi which is the official language of the people of Maharashtra, a state situated on the Western side of the Indian subcontinent.

The origin of Marathi drama may be traced back to the Powada (late seventeenth-century Marathi poems resembling ballads) and the Tamasha (musicals performed by travelling groups mainly in the eighteenth century). In fact, Vishnudas Amrut Bhave’s (1820-1905) Sita Swayamvar (Sita Chooses a Husband) (1843), the first Marathi drama to be performed, was more a musical, influenced also by Yakshagana, a folk theatre of Karnataka, a southern state of India. So, Vinayak Janardan Kirtane’s (1840-1…

Citation:
Kar Barua, Sudeshna. "Marathi Drama". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 January 2013
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