Arguing for a Feminine Space: People's Theatre in Calcutta 1940-60

 Arguing for a Feminine Space: People's Theatre in Calcutta 1940-60

This event has finished Took place on: Monday, 26th Jul 2021

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This talk locates the female voice by analysing gendered identities in social and political drama in colonial Calcutta.

From the induction of women in public theatres (1873) in colonial Calcutta to the beginning of Indian People’s Theatre Association (IPTA) (1943), the role of actresses has witnessed numerous changing equations, both socially and aesthetically. These changing societal structures were embedded in contradictions that became visibly embodied in the performance strategies and socio-economic labour of actresses. Women of the IPTA represented a rupture, as they were not just actresses and performers but were conscious political workers; it was a rupture from the previous generation of actresses often treated as ‘low-class’ or ‘fallen women’ by virtue of their profession. Within the organization women primarily remained performers, but within IPTA’s larger socio-political movement, these women represented active participation through performance strategies.

By analysing the autobiographies of actresses Tripti Mitra and Reba Roy Chowdhury along with political papers of IPTA, Twisha Singh highlights how the experiences of women in IPTA during adverse socio-political and economic circumstances necessitated overcoming gender and class barriers.


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2021-07-26 2021-07-26 Europe/London Arguing for a Feminine Space: People's Theatre in Calcutta 1940-60 This talk locates the female voice by analysing gendered identities in social and political drama in colonial Calcutta. https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/calendar/2021/07/26/arguing-for-a-feminine-space-peoples-theatre-in-calcutta-1940-60-269284 ,,,

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