Events : Literature & Popular Culture

Book Launch of "A Socio-Political History of Marathi Theatre - Thirty Nights"

Held on 19-03-2015 at 6.30 PM

Bangalore International Centre had arranged a Book Launch of “A Socio-Political History of Marathi Theatre - THIRTY NIGHTS”, An English translation of Marathi book “Marathi Natkachya Tees Ratri: Ek Samajik Rajkiya Itihas” which is authored and translated by Mr. Makarand Sathe, A popular playwright and author on Thursday, 19th March, 2015 at 6.30 PM. The Book was launched by Ms. Arundhati Nag, Noted theatre personality. This event was arranged in collaboration with India Foundation for the Arts.

The book which is narrated in the manner of the Arabian Nights, albeit over thirty nights, the engaging dialogue between the clown and the playwright unfolded the course of Marathi theatre which has a rich, vibrant, and diverse history of over 175 years.

Translated from Marathi Rangbhoomichya Tees Ratree, this three-volume compendium is a historical analysis of Marathi theatre from a socio-political perspective. The author has attempted to understand the lives and relationships of mainly the middle-class people in Maharashtra—and, going beyond, even the working classes and the so-called lower castes—during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In an engaging conversation, Mr. Sathe revealed as to how the Marathi theatre evolved towards the end of the regime of Peshwas when the supremacy of the Brahmins in social, political and economic spheres was on a declining curve and how these strands were reflected in theatre. He explained that he had decided on the format of the book to bring about the varying interpretations and nuances on the contents of Marathi Theatre as it evolved.

Ms. Arundhati Nag in a nostalgic mood unfolded her experiences with the Marathi Theatre since from her childhood. During the conversation between Mr. Sathe and Mrs. Nag, many historical incidents pertaining to theatre in Maharashtra in particular and in India were unfolded.

The Q & A session was lively and educative.