THEA 221, Week 6 Notes
THEA 221, Week 6 Notes THEA 221
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Popular in History of Theatre and Drama to 1600
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THEA 221: History of Theatre and Drama to 1600 The Little Clay Cart by Shudraka Play Notes Classical Indian Drama: Asia was establishing its own foundations for drama. These nomadic people developed the verdict civilization that would shape Indian history and culture. The space was used for sacred ceremonies. Sanskrit drama: Most sanskrit drama has been lost. The plays were written on palmleaf pages. What has survived did so through retranscription. King Shudraka (little shudra): Possibly king of ujjayini (modernday ujjain). Setting: The play takes place in ujjayini. The city was also identified as Ozene the capital of Avati. Castes: Determined a person’s social station. Source work: Charudatta by the celebrated writer, bhasa. Only a fouract fragment of what remains. Historical content: The Little Clay Cart is an example of sanskrit theatre. Offers a view on Indian society that would have existed about 2000 yrs. Ago. Sanskrit theatre attempts to catalyze a relation about a religious aspect of life, or teach a lesson about life through the execution of its story. It tends to be more metaphorical. Character Analysis: There are no god or goddesses in this play instead there are normal everyday people. Sutradhara: Beginning narrator, Director, an Actress. Charudatta: A Brahmin, impoverished heir of a merchant. Maitreya: A Brahmin, Charudatta’s friend. Rohasena: Charudatta’s younger son, DHUTA, Charudatta’s wife. Radanika: Charudatta’s attendant slave girl. Aryaka: Nephew to King Palaka and claimant to the throne. Sharvilaka: A Brahminturnedburglar, Madanika’s lover, Aryaka’s chief follower. Monk/Masseur: A masseur turned gambler, later a Buddhist monk (bhikshu). Sthavaraka: Slave and driver of Samsthanaka, Slave of Samsthanaka. Samsthanaka: Brotherinlaw to King Palaka, suitor of Vasantasena. Vasantasena: A courtesan in love with Charudatta. Overarching Themes: Circle of life in Hindu philosophy. Two opposites create one cycle. Charudatta’s son’s circle. Ryaka’s circle. Chrudatta’s circle. Vasantasen’s circle. Social and political implications: The play is set in 5th century BC. Verna and Jatis are two different concepts of class separation in India. The Little Clay Cart it is structured more like western plays than eastern play’s. It’s most west like drama among other Sanakrit plays. The play contained upper class castes based on the time period. Style: 2 The play isn’t named after a character which is unusual for Sanskrit plays. Utsau Festival. The text alternates between verse’s. 3
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