Theatre and Religion on Krishna’s Stage

Performing in Vrindavan

  • Authors
  • David V. Mason

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History book series (PSTPH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. David V. Mason
    Pages 23-42
  3. David V. Mason
    Pages 43-56
  4. David V. Mason
    Pages 83-113
  5. David V. Mason
    Pages 115-141
  6. David V. Mason
    Pages 143-158
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 159-195

About this book


Theatre and Religion on Krishna s Stage examines the history and form of India's râs lila folk theatre, and discusses how this theatre functions as a mechanism of worship and spirituality among Krishna devotees in India. From analyses of performances and conversations with performers, audience, and local scholars, Mason argues that râs lila actors and audience alike actively assume roles that locate them together in the spiritual reality that the play represents. Correlating Krishna devotion and theories of religious experience, this book suggests that the emotional experience of theatrical fiction may arise from the propensity of audiences to play out roles of their own through which they share a performance's reality.


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