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A scene from Girish Karnad’s play, Tughlaq
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A scene from Girish Karnad’s play, Tughlaq

Aakar Patel
What political role does theatre still play in our society? I use the word still because most people do not regularly see plays and my guess is that the majority of urban youngsters have never seen one. I hope I am wrong, but I doubt I am. And it is the case that theatre and public performances is the space where resistance to authority and authoritarian ideas has traditionally displayed itself. This idea has a rich and long history, going back at least to 500 BC.

Ancient Athenian society had about 50,000 citizens. These were only adult males and they

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First Published: Jun 28 2019 | 8:42 PM IST

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