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India

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The world's largest democracy has a rich and diverse culture. Now, it is also achieving more rapid economic growth India's vast territory can be divided into three main regions ...

Foguo ji

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A Dictionary of Chinese Literature

... Fo-kuo chi , A Record of Buddhist Kingdoms ) An account by the Buddhist monk Faxian 法显 ‎ (d. 418 ) of his travels to Central Asia , India, and Ceylon (Sri Lanka) from 399 to 414 . Concerned about conflicting accounts of Buddhist doctrine and vinaya texts in China, in 399 Faxian embarked on a journey in search of authentic and authoritative Buddhist texts and teachings. He spent several years in India, where he studied Sanskrit and copied Buddhist texts, writing a detailed account of the places he visited on his journey. He also spent two years...

Xi you ji

Xi you ji (1592)   Quick reference

A Dictionary of Chinese Literature

...West , Monkey King , 1592 ) One of the most popular traditional novels, attributed to Wu Cheng’en 吴承恩 ‎ ( c . 1500– c .1582 ) of the late Ming dynasty. The story is loosely based on the historical account of the monk Xuanzang 玄奘 ‎ ( 596–664 ), who made a pilgrimage to India to procure Buddhist scriptures. Written in a humorous and imaginative fashion, the narrative tells the story of the Monkey King, Sun Wukong (Monkey Who Is Aware of Vacuity), and how he acquired his protean powers; the journey of Bodhisattva Guanyin to the land of the East,...

Post Office

Post Office  

A: Rabindranath Tagore Pf: 1913, Dublin; 1917, India Pb: 1912 Tr: 1914 G: Drama in 2 acts; Bengali prose S: Indian village, early 20th c. C: 8m, 2 children (1m, 1f)The young boy Amal has fallen sick, ...
A Man's a Man

A Man's a Man  

AT: Man Is Man; Man Equals Man A: Bertolt Brecht Pf: 1926, Darmstadt Pb: 1927; rev. 1957 Tr: 1961 G: Com. in 11 scenes; German prose with songs S: India, 1925 C: 8m, 2f, extrasGaly Gay is a simple ...
Little Clay Cart

Little Clay Cart  

AT: The Toy Cart A: ? King Sūdraka W: ? 5th c. ad Tr: 1905 G: Drama in 10 acts and a prologue; Sanskrit prose and verse S: City in northern India (Ujjayini), 3rd c. ad C: 21m, 7f, extrasChārudatta, ...
Chandalika

Chandalika  

A: Rabindranath Tagore Pf: 1933, Calcutta? Pb: 1933 Tr: 1938 G: Musical drama in 2 acts; Bengali prose and verse S: Indian village, 5th c. bc C: 1m, 2fWhen Prakriti, a Chandalika (girl of the ...
Mahabharata

Mahabharata  

A: Jean-Claude Carrière Pf: 1985, Avignon Pb: 1985 Tr: 1987 G: Drama in 3 parts; French prose S: India, in the mythic past C: 30 performers playing 16 main characters (13m, 3f) and many minor ...
Lady Audley's Secret

Lady Audley's Secret  

A: Colin Hazlewood Pf: 1863, London Pb: 1863 G: Drama in 2 acts S: Audley House and its grounds, and the Castle Inn, 1863 C: 4m, 3f, extrasThe 24-year-old Lady Audley, formerly the governess to Sir ...
Final Solutions

Final Solutions (1993)   Quick reference

The Oxford Dictionary of Plays (2 ed.)

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...Solutions Author: Mahesh Dattani Date/place of 1st performance: 1993 , Bangalore, India Date of 1st publication: 1994 Genre: Drama in 3 acts Setting/time of action: The Gandhis’ home, Amargaon, India, surrounded by a chorus, 1940s Cast: 3m, 4f, extras Daksha, a 15 year-old bride, has come to live with her parents-in-law, the Gandhis. India has just gained independence from British rule, and rioting has broken out between Hindus and Muslims. Daksha and her mother-in-law seek the protection of Krishna. Two young Muslim men find themselves...

Post Office, The

Post Office, The (1913)   Quick reference

The Oxford Dictionary of Plays (2 ed.)

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...Office, The ( Dakghar ) Author: Rabindranath Tagore Date/place of 1st performance: 1913 , Dublin; 1917 , India Date of 1st publication: 1912 Date of 1st translation to English: 1914 Genre: Drama in 2 acts; Bengali prose Setting/time of action: Indian village, early 20th c. Cast: 8m, 2 children (1m, 1f) The young boy Amal has fallen sick, and, since autumn is approaching, the doctor advises Amal's guardian to keep him to his room. Amal's only contact with the outside world is through his window. From here he watches village life,...

Krishnan’s Dairy

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The Oxford Dictionary of Plays (2 ed.)

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... Date of 1st publication: 2005 Genre: Drama in 1act, English and Malayalam prose, 2 songs Setting/time of action: Small grocery shop in suburban New Zealand, 1990s and 2010s Cast: 2m, 2f, played by one actor with masks, 1m, 1 singer Gobi Krishnan has come from southern India with his wife Zina and baby son to New Zealand, where he runs a grocery store. The business is hardly thriving, especially as Gobi is sometimes cheated by customers and even has goods stolen by a shoplifter, whom Gobi pursues in vain through the audience. Zina is homesick and...

Caste

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The Oxford Dictionary of Plays (2 ed.)

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...of his friend Hawtree about the importance of ‘caste’, the Honourable George D'Alroy woos and weds the beautiful dancer Esther Eccles , whose father is a drunkard. Her sister Polly becomes engaged to the honest plumber Sam Gerridge . George is posted with his regiment to India. When news comes of his death on active service, Esther takes up her dancing again in order to support her young son. She refuses to sell their child to her mother-in-law, the overbearing Marquise de St Maur, knowing that with the help of Polly and Sam, she will survive. George...

Chandalika

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...to the Chandalika and prays to have the magic spell lifted by Buddha. Here, it is the outcast girl herself who brings about the redemption, offering a theatrical metaphor of the relationship between love and physical sex. During the 1930s the play was toured successfully across India and Sri...

Lady Audley's Secret

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...and its grounds, and the Castle Inn, 1863 Cast: 4m, 3f, extras The 24-year-old Lady Audley, formerly the governess to Sir Michael Audley, is now happily married to her elderly employer. Her ‘secret’ is that some years previously she married George Talboys, who went off to India to make his fortune. When she heard nothing from him, she pretended to die so that she could begin a new existence. Her present prosperity is jeopardized by the return of her husband George, the friend of Sir Michael's nephew Robert. When George threatens to denounce her as a...

Man's a Man, A

Man's a Man, A (1926)   Quick reference

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... Man Is Man; Man Equals Man Author: Bertolt Brecht Date/place of 1st performance: 1926 , Darmstadt Date of 1st publication: 1927 ; rev. 1957 Date of 1st translation to English: 1961 Genre: Com. in 11 scenes; German prose with songs Setting/time of action: India, 1925 Cast: 8m, 2f, extras Galy Gay is a simple Irish porter, who goes out one day to buy a fish. A British machine-gun squad mounting a raid on a pagoda loses one of its men, Jeraiah Jip, and the soldiers, terrified of the anger of their sergeant Charles Fairchild (‘Bloody...

School for Scandal, The

School for Scandal, The (1777)   Quick reference

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...Sir Peter is relieved, for he had suspected Charles of wishing to seduce his wife. When Lady Teazle is suddenly discovered, she rejects Joseph's lecherous advances and is eventually reconciled to Sir Peter. Meanwhile Sir Oliver Surface, a rich uncle, has arrived in London from India and tests the worth of his two nephews. Although Charles is selling off the family portraits, he refuses to part with that of his Uncle Oliver. When a deserving old relative seeks money, Charles parts with some of the proceeds from the sale of the pictures, while Joseph blames his...

Little Clay Cart, The

Little Clay Cart, The (1905)   Quick reference

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...Mrichchhakatikā ) Alternative title: The Toy Cart Author: ? King Sūdraka Date of writing: ? 5th c. ad Date of 1st translation to English: 1905 Genre: Drama in 10 acts and a prologue; Sanskrit prose and verse Setting/time of action: City in northern India (Ujjayini), 3rd c. ad Cast: 21m, 7f, extras Chārudatta, an impoverished and pious Brahmin, is loved by Vasantasenā, a courtesan, who is pursued by the oafish but evil prince Sansthānaka. Fleeing to Chārudatta's house, Vasantasenā leaves jewels with him for safekeeping. A...

Mahabharata, The

Mahabharata, The (1985)   Quick reference

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...The ( Le Mahabharata ) Author: Jean-Claude Carrière Date/place of 1st performance: 1985 , Avignon Date of 1st publication: 1985 Date of 1st translation to English: 1987 Genre: Drama in 3 parts; French prose Setting/time of action: India, in the mythic past Cast: 30 performers playing 16 main characters (13m, 3f) and many minor characters (1) The Game of Dice Vyasa dictates to a Boy ‘the poetical history of mankind’. Because the king's son Bhishma takes a vow of chastity, the succession passes through the king's stepson...

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