Uttar Pradesh, as an Indian state is home to a very ancient tradition in dance, music and performing arts. According to historical evidences, Uttar Pradesh was a major centre for entertaining innovation. The folk heritage of the region includes folk theatre forms and they involve Nautanki, Ramlila, which includes enacting the entire Ramayana and Raslila.
Theatre Personalities of Uttar Pradesh perform in two broad categories of Indian folk theatre. The religious and secular form of folk theatre thrives together and mutually influences each other. The stalwarts of the region put forth their innovative ideas for the further development of Folk theatre in India traditions and enrich all the attributes of a classical theatre. The folk and traditional forms of theatres in Uttar Pradesh are mainly narrative or vocal.
Theatres of Uttar Pradesh are mostly presented in local language or Hindi language. Singing and recitation form the basis of the theatres of the region. Theatre Personalities of Uttar Pradesh display their talent in Ramlila, Rasleela and Nautanki. The basic verse pattern of Uttar Pradesh Nautanki is divided into three parts. The proficiency of the personalities is represented in the three major parts: the doha which is sung free, without beat; choubola and the last one is chalti or daur or udhan which is sung at a great speed as its name signifies. The reputation and popularity of the Nautanki depends heavily on the voice and expressions of the Theatre Personalities.