Indian Stage, 4 Vols. in 2
The Path of the Tamil Saints
By Hemendra Nath Das Gupta
Reprint of the 1944-46 edition
Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers
1,229 pages, 5 3/4" x 8 3/4"
$117.50 hardcover set
The stage constitutes a very important chapter in the social and political history
of a people and the blend of the national genius can't be fully comprehended
without its study. A puritan may look askance at the play-house, but its influence
over the mass can't be ignored, and it is no exaggeration to say that a "nation
is known only by its theatre."
One can know more about Greek character from their immortal plays than from
the pages of a formal history. Likewise the Mricchakatika or the "Toy-cart"
gives us a more graphic picture of the ancient Indian society than any other
treatise of that time. From the pure standpoint of art, dramas and the stange
have an ethical and historical value of their own.
Bengali drama, like Bengali language, has its origin in the remote past, but
like many other modern institutions of the country, is an adoption after the
western ideal, and the modern Bengali stage was, in fact, first founded in imitation
of the early English theatre of Kolkata. Still the spirit of a Bengali drama
is essentially eastern, and some of the present techniques of the Bengali stage
can't be fully understood without a study of Sanskrit drama and the ancient
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