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Source Materials for the Construction of the Nāṭyamaṇḍapa in the Śilparatna and the Tantrasamuccaya Śilpa Bhāgam

Clifford R. Jones
Journal of the American Oriental Society
Vol. 93, No. 3 (Jul. - Sep., 1973), pp. 286-296
DOI: 10.2307/599461
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/599461
Page Count: 12
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Abstract

The theatre structure for Sanskrit drama has been a subject of conjectural reconstruction for many years. The existence of several Sanskrit texts dealing with the subject have long been known but seldom directly utilized in studies of surviving architectural traditions. Since the recent rediscovery of an authentic survival of traditional Sanskrit drama in South India (Kūṭiyāṭṭam) the study of performance techniques and staging as well as theatre architecture and literature has been re-opened for examination. The present study reassesses a part of the source materials on theatre architecture with translations from Sanskrit and Malayalam texts relative to the continuity of the classical Sanskrit theatre tradition. The examination is made against the corpus of architectural evidence of standing temple theatres built since the 16th century A. D. in Kerala, South India.

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