Theatre in India

Theatre in India

Theatre in India

Theatre in India

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Outside a large bar-like structure sits a man in clown's cap, spotted shirt and pantaloons. He has a red nose, white lips and green cheeks. He rings a handbell and shouts, "Come and see Bilwa Mangal --the story of a courtesan and a saint! Hurry up! It will start sharp at nine!"

He rings the bell and dances.

It is an old commercial theatrical company performing a Hindi play. People pour in, squat, munch, chew, and spit red betel-juice. Parallel bars of thick ropes divide the auditorium into variously-priced seats and a turbaned police constable stands guard to see that no miscreant jumps from a four-anna seat to the eight-anna class. The bulbous gas lamps illuminate the faces of the audience as well as the stage.

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