(Last Updated on : 03-04-2013)
Theatre Personalities of Rajasthan has been creating an aura of innovation and creativity, well blended with cultural facets of the state to form their very own Rajasthani theatre. Rajasthani language was spoken in the northwestern state of Rajasthan and the theatre personalities of Rajasthan exploited every accent of this sweet language to perform their plays.
Rajasthani theatre did not develop any theatrical traditions apart from folk styles away from the courts, such as Khyal, Tamasha, or Rasdhari, and puppetry famous as Kathputli. Only as late as 1900, theatre personalities of Rajasthan came into proper recognition under the influence of Parsi theatre. The beginning of the twentieth century brought in the era of social reforms and the national movement in the nation and the theatre personalities of Rajasthan took up many such themes for their plays. Many social and historical plays written for the Parsi theatre became very popular after the performance of the theatre personalities of Rajasthan. The theatre personalities of Rajasthan took theatre as a powerful weapon of propaganda against social and political evils.
Narayandas Agarwal, an eminent theatre personality of Rajasthan made an interesting experiment in Maharana Pratap in 1924, where different characters delivered their dialogue in their own languages. However, most plays by the theatre personalities of Rajasthan were just staged sporadically and failed to reach the masses. Today, several theatre personalities of Rajasthan are writing plays in Rajasthani, notable among them are Arjun Dev Charan, and directors like Bhanu Bharti and others. The efforts of the theatre personalities of Rajasthan to develop a Rajasthani theatre has met with considerable success in the past years success.