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Inside the Drama-House: Rama Stories and Shadow Puppets in South India

Stuart Blackburn

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520202054
eISBN:
9780520916807
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520202054.001.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This book travels inside a little-known form of shadow puppetry in this work about performing the Tamil version of the Ramayana epic, describing the skill and physical stamina of the puppeteers in ... More


Rāvaṇa's First Defeat: The Puppeteers' Oral Commentary

Stuart Blackburn

in Inside the Drama-House: Rama Stories and Shadow Puppets in South India

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520202054
eISBN:
9780520916807
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520202054.003.0006
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter describes the oral commentary for the shadow puppet play performance of Kampan's text, which spins auxiliary stories and quotations around the text to place it within a wider frame of ... More


The Death of Indrajit: Creating Conversations

Stuart Blackburn

in Inside the Drama-House: Rama Stories and Shadow Puppets in South India

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520202054
eISBN:
9780520916807
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520202054.003.0007
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter focuses on the conversations in puppet play performance in the episode concerning the death of Indrajit, which cover not only verbal exchanges but also dialogic relations between oral ... More


An Absent Audience

Stuart Blackburn

in Inside the Drama-House: Rama Stories and Shadow Puppets in South India

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520202054
eISBN:
9780520916807
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520202054.003.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This book describes the performance of Kampan's medieval text Kamparāmāyanam as a shadow puppet play in Kerala, south India, analyzing the puppeteers' particular telling of the story though ... More


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