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Department
Theatre
Course
THEA 2011
Professor
David Nicol
Semester
Fall

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October 21 Classical Indian Theatre The caste system -like all ancient societies, India was strictly hierarchical 0the caste system separated Indians into a multitude of social ranks and roles, according to their birth -King Dahsanta belongs to the ksatriya (warriors and rulers) He would not be allowed to marry into the Barhmin caste (priest caste) -Lovers in plays are sometimes divided by caste divisions -But as in new comedy, they will turn out to be of “correct” parentage Overall structure -Most surviving Indian plays are dominated by the heroic and erotic rasas -They are laelled “nataka” (“heroic romances”) -They are about the conflict between Kama and
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