(Last Updated on : 03-04-2013)
Theatre personalities of Tripura are the talented actors and dramatists who worked to uphold a rich and composite culture of the state. The population in the Indian state
mainly includes the tribes like Chakmas tribe
, Maslums and many more; these tribes immensely influenced the content and presentation of theatre in Tripura. There are total nineteen tribes in Tripura and all of them have their individual contribution to the overall development of Tripuri Theatre; in fact there are many theatre personalities of Tripura who belong to these tribes.
The individual dance forms of the tribes were included by the theatre personalities of Tripura to make the art more entertaining and colourful. The main dance forms used in Tripuri theatre are Hozagiri dance
, Lebang Boomani Dance
, Jhum, Garia, Mamita, Hai -hak and so on. Rabindranath Tagore as a poet
had long association with the Tripura theatre and added luster to the theatre scenario of Tripura and the theatre personalities of Tripura prefer acting out plays written by Rabindranath Tagore
, even today. Rabindranath Tagore as a dramatist
wrote many plays that have helped the growth of many dramatists in the regional theatre.
Music is an integral part of Tripuri theatre. The Tripuri folk songs are as old as the tribe and they have survived through the ages of theatre in the state. The theatre personalities of Tripura used the folk music of Tripura extensively in their performing art. The theatre personalities of Tripura select the folk songs that were composed in the early days of their collective living by individuals whose identity is unrecognizable and ignored thus the idea could be easily blended with the content of the drama. The folk songs are based on old traditions, thoughts, desires, love, jhum cultivation, harvesting, festivals, beliefs and superstitions; similarly the theme of the drama also related to the tradition of the state. The theatre personalities of Tripura presents charming dramatic stories that relate to their mythology and legends, sometimes the rural love stories or else the day-to-day life issues. Violence and bloodshed is usually not depicted by the theatre personalities of Tripura.