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Author Mason, David V. (David Vaughn)

Title Theatre and religion on Krishna's stage : performing in Vrindavan / David V. Mason
Edition First edition
Published New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2009
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Description 1 online resource (195 pages) : illustrations
Series Palgrave studies in theatre and performance history
Palgrave studies in theatre and performance history.
Contents Theatre is God -- Krishna, Lila, and Freedom -- Origins of Child Performers in the Râs Lila -- Acting in the Râs Lila and Real Realism -- Theatre is Religion: the Acting Audience
Summary Theatre and Religion on Krishna's Stage examines the history and form of India's râs lila folk theatre, and discusses how this theatre functions as a mechanism of worship and spirituality among Krishna devotees in India. From analyses of performances and conversations with performers, audience, and local scholars, Mason argues that ŕs lila actors and audience alike actively assume roles that locate them together in the spiritual reality that the play represents. Correlating Krishna devotion and theories of religious experience, this book suggests that the emotional experience of theatrical fiction may arise from the propensity of audiences to play out roles of their own through which they share a performance's reality
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 183-189) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Krishna (Hindu deity) -- In the performing arts -- India -- Vrindāvan.
Hinduism and culture -- India -- Vrindāvan.
Rāsalīlā -- Social aspects -- India -- Vrindāvan.
Theater -- Religious aspects -- Hinduism
Form Electronic book
Author Palgrave Connect (Online service)
LC no. 2008042620
ISBN 0230615295 (cloth)
9780230615298 (cloth)
(alk. paper)