1st Edition

Rabindranath Tagore's Theatre
From Page to Stage

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ISBN 9780367626785
September 23, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
342 Pages 23 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book analyses Rabindranath Tagore’s contribution to Bengali drama and theatre. Throughout this book, Abhijit Sen locates and studies Rabindranath’s experiments with drama/ theatre in the context of the theatre available in nineteenth century Bengal, and explores the innovative strategies he adopted to promote his ‘brand’ of theatre. This approach finds validation in the fact that Rabindranath combined in himself the roles of author-actor-producer, who always felt that, without performance, his dramatic compositions fell short of the desired completeness. Various facets of his plays as theatre and his own role as a theatre-practitioner are the prime focus of this book. This book will be of great interest to students and scholars in Theatre and Performance studies and most notably, those focusing on Indian Theatre and Postcolonial Theatre

Table of Contents


List of Plates


SECTION A: The historical context

  1. The Bengal Renaissance Theatre and Rabindranath
  2. SECTION B: Rabindranath as dramaturge and theorist

  3. Theatre and Nation
  4. Theatre and the asram-school
  5. Theories of Theatre
  6. SECTION C: Rabindranath as theatre-practitioner

  7. Preparing the playtext
  8. Selecting the cast
  9. Rehearsing the play
  10. Setting the stage
  11. Acting the role
  12. Theatricalizing cultures
  13. Translating the playtext



Appendix I – Plates of photographs/paintings of Rabindranath’s performances

Appendix II – Brief Chronology of Select Events and Works, 1881-1941


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Abhijit Sen is a former Professor of English, Department of English, Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan. His chief areas of interest include Renaissance Studies; Theatre Studies; Rabindranath Tagore.

He has made presentations at seminars/conferences – regional, national and international, and has also published widely in areas related to his fields of interest. Apart from being the Guest Editor of Sangeet Natak, vol. XLVI, nos. 1-4, 2011: Special issue on "Rabindranath’s East-West Encounters: Performance and Visual Arts" (New Delhi: Sangeet Natak Akademi, 2013), he has also edited Shakespeare’s Macbeth, with introduction and annotations (New Delhi: Pearson Longman, 2009). Among some of the translations done by him is the English translation of Rabindranath Tagore’s Tasher Desh, translated as The Kingdom of Cards, in Essential Tagore, eds. Fakrul Alam & Radha Chakravarty (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard UP, 2011): 450-487.

Abhijit Sen has also been actively engaged with the theatre, working with students and colleagues at Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan, as well as producing plays with theatre troupes in Kolkata. At Santiniketan, he has worked on Shakespearean productions like The Merchant of Venice, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Romeo and Juliet, The Wars of the Roses, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Among the plays of Rabindranath Tagore that he has produced are Visarjan, Raja and Tasher Desh (as prose play).