(Last Updated on : 16/08/2013)
of Central India is enlaced with the dreams, colours and rhythms of fleeting life enacted on stage illustrating the realities of time and of life. The tale of changing ritualism and changing tradition can be best understood amidst the magic and charm of theatre and their putting forward by the theatre personalities. The history of Indian theatre is deeply buried in the long gone era of the Sanskrit plays.
The eminent Indian dramatists since then have added a distinct shape to Indian natya whilst exemplifying the nine rasas of drama. Theatre personalities of Chhatisgarh
reached a well-recognised status, owing to their contribution in the theatre of Chhattisgarh. Chhattisgarh is one of the eminent rural states of India and its theatre art is purely the union of tribal and non-tribal culture. The harmonisation of eastern and western art as a result of the British imperialism has added an articulation to the rich ethnicity of Chhattisgarh Theatre. The Baster region of this state had undergone eminent changes during the 17th century that resulted in noticeable improvements in the works of the theatre personalities of Chhattisgarh. Ram cult is widely prevalent and also is growing in leaps and bounds over the years to keep inspiring the Chhattisgarh theatre themes. The theatre personalities of Chhattisgarh are lately into many Bhojpuri films
after witnessing much success in the field of theatres. Chhattisgarh
theatre has a heritage of robust culture. It has a treasure of enriched theatre personalities who worked passionately for the improvement of the art form. Traditional Indian music
and dance are performed by the theatre personalities of Chhattisgarh with joy and merriment and thus has become an integral part of theatres. These are also a source of recreation and entertainment for the regional people. The admirers of these theatre personalities of Chhattisgarh are pretty huge in number; their enchanting mimicry, acts, rhythm and humour mesmerise them and they make frequent visits to theatre or 'jatra
' as popularly known in the state. Jhaduram Devangan
, Fida Bai Markam
, Habib Tanvir
, Teejan Bai
are the eminent theatre personalities of Central India.
The ethnicity of Madhya Pradesh
is best illustrated amidst the theatre form of the state. The rich culture of Madhya Pradesh culminates into entertainment whilst finding expression amidst the traditional theatre form known as Maach. The theatre personalities of Madhya Pradesh
have added a remarkable dimension to this traditional art form. With the successful improvisation of songs in between dialogues, the theatre personalities of Madhya Pradesh added that extra zing to this traditional art form. Theatres in the form of dance dramas form an essential aspect of the over all Socio-Cultural life of the people in Madhya Pradesh. These dance dramas portray the culture of the people, their life and beliefs. In Madhya Pradesh, theatres mainly originated as a form of dance dramas with an essence of religious perspective. Illustrious theatre personalities of Madhya Pradesh have made significant contribution to the development of theatre of the state. Madhya Pradesh theatre revolved around the central ideas of myths, religion or agriculture and quite artistically the theatre personalities of Madhya Pradesh have reflected the ideas of religion, myth and legend amidst their creation. The eminent theatre personalities of Madhya Pradesh like Ram Kumar Varma
, Mohammed Ashraf Munawwar Khan
and Satyadev Dubey
aim at producing and introducing innovative concepts. More current themes as its subjects, including themes like health and hygiene, literacy, AIDS awareness and women's empowerment finds place in the theatre form of Madhya Pradesh.