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Title: The classical noh theatre of Japan: an Indian approach
Authors: Rajakaruna, D.A.
Keywords: Japanese theatre
Issue Date: 1993
Publisher: Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi
Abstract: The logical beginning, theatrically, is made in India. India was the source of most theatre in Asia and still remains the immediate origin of some of its most highly evolved and important arts. From there one can orient one self naturally and with proper perspective for a comprehension of the whole of Asia's variegated and complex fabric of actors and dancers and their craft. From India the miscellaneous fragments and pieces fall into a reasonable pattern of association one with the other. More important, perhaps, is the fact that out of India and from Indian theatre-forms themselves an aesthetic basis applicable to all Asian dance and drama definitely merges. Even in those instances such as Chinese opera or Japanese theatre, where Asian arts flowered independently, the underlying principles are similar and a subtle relationship binds them. There is a kind of uniformity in motivation, in aim, in style, in execution of dance and drama which connects it all together and makes it 'Asian' theatre rather than European, African or anything else.
Appears in Collections:No.108-109 [April-Sept 1993]

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