Performing Self, Performing Gender – Sheetala Bhat

Performing Gender in Indian Theatre Cover

Sheetala Bhat’s book Performing Self, Performing Gender revisits the history of performances in colonial India guided by the voice of women performers. It explores the shifting identity of the female performer through the study of autobiographies and memoirs of actresses. To retrieve the voice of the actress figure, it looks at the different ways in which these women frame their performing selves. It attempts to understand the moralistic and artistic weight on women who decided to perform under public gaze in the late 18th and early 19th century. This book looks at the actress figures- courtesans, actresses in public theatre, early Indian film actresses, and actresses in the Indian People’s Theatre and the Prithvi Theatre- not just as individual personalities, but actively embedded in social milieu in popular discourse.Performing Self, Performing Gender – Sheetala Bhat

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