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Inside the Drama-House: Rama Stories and Shadow Puppets in South India

Stuart Blackburn


This book travels inside a little-known form of shadow puppetry in this work about performing the Tamil version of the Ramayana epic, describing the skill and physical stamina of the puppeteers in Kerala state in South India as they perform all night, for as many as ten weeks, during the festival season. The fact that these performances often take place without an audience forms the starting point for its discussion—one which explores not only this important epic tale and its performance, but also the broader theoretical issues of text, interpretation, and audience. The book demonstrates how t ... More

Keywords: shadow puppetry, Tamil, Ramayana, Kerala, South India, festival, Rama story, performance art

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1996 Print ISBN-13: 9780520202054
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520202054.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stuart Blackburn, author