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ancient lecture 7 - Sanskrit Drama in Ancient India...

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Sanskrit Drama in Ancient India Shudraka, The Little Clay Cart (ca. AD 100–300)
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Indian caste system 4 castes ( varnas ): Brahmins = priestly caste, including teachers Khshatriyas = warrior caste, including rulers of the nobility Vaishyas = trades caste, including merchants and farmers (landowners) Shudras = peasants caste, including unskilled laborers and servants Out-of-caste (outcasts, untouchables) a.k.a. Dalits = dirty jobs like street cleaning
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Origin of Sanskrit drama vs. theatre Bharata Muni’s Natyasastra (The Art of Theatre) (ca. 300BCE – AD200) Story of Brahma (Hindu god of creation) adding fifth Veda called natya = drama Brahma emphasized inclusiveness Oldest surviving Sanskrit drama dates from 1st century AD But theatre (separate from ritual) probably began ~ 200-100BCE Hereditary line of Sanskrit actors goes back to Bharata himself -- highest social order (Brahmin)
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Performer ( nata )-centered theatre India’s two major epics both refer to
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This note was uploaded on 12/11/2011 for the course TDHT 21 taught by Professor Roxworthy during the Fall '11 term at UCSD.

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