ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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The Legacy of Balamani Ammal in Tamil Theatre

Tracing the life and works of Balamani Ammal, who lived in the late 19th and early 20th century, flags off the aspects of gendered history of theatre. It is a rich history of someone who ventured into many forms—Sadhir, stage dramas, “novels,” Sanskrit plays, and Harikatha. It also reveals her exceptional interest in introducing new technical devices like petromax lighting and creating silhouette through the use of lights. She, along with her sister Rajambal, formed the first ever all-female theatre company in Tamil Nadu. Using Balamani Ammal’s sketchy life available through scant resources, the paper would like to raise issues with the historiographic practices existing in theatre history from a gendered point of view.

Cultural Intervention through Theatre-Case Study of a Play on Female Infanticide Foeticide

Case Study of a Play on Female Infanticide/Foeticide A Mangai The process of evolving 'Pacha Mannu,' a play on female infanticide produced by a women's theatre group in Tamil Nadu and its showings especially among audiences from communities who practise female infanticide/foeticide has led to a redefinition of a methodology of consciousness raising, opening up varied ways of understanding and subverting cultural expressions.

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