Read online or download a free book: Ka Aik Ttu: The Flexibility Of A South Indian Theatre Tradition (Landenreeks)
Publisher: Brill (1999)
By: H M Bruin (Author)
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This book gives an insight into Ka aikk ttu, a living Tamil theatre tradition. Taking the perspective of performers as a starting point, it analyses how this theatre tradition has been able to adjust itself to changing conditions and challenges because of its inherent flexibility. The phenomenon of flexibility pervades both the formation and internal arrangements of theatre companies and the actual performances themselves. The first part of the book focuses on Ka aikk ttu in its historical and social context. It traces the theatre s disengagement from its organic embedding in the social and ritual village organization and its transition towards a more autonomous and more professional regional theatre form during the last fifty to hundred years. This transformation was accompanied by processes of professionalization and commercialization, which had their impact on the practitioners and the performances. The second part of the book provides a detailed analysis of the working of oral Ka aikk ttu texts in performance. Through a flexible handling of the oral - verbal and musical - material within the boundaries of a relatively fixed framework underlying these texts, Ka aikk ttu performers try to fulfill to the best of their abilities the demands of sponsors, audiences and occasions.'
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