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Coming to campus

- October 31, 2005

Coming to Campus is a section announcing visiting speakers of note.

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“Crises Facing Contemporary Indian Performance” will be the topic of a talk by Ananda Lal on Monday, Nov. 7 at 1:30 p.m. in the Asian American Cultural Center.

Lal is the editor of the Oxford Companion to Indian Theatre (2005). He is the leading theater critic in Calcutta, India, and was awarded Best Theatre Researcher in 2000 by the Drama Academy of India.

Lal says the performing arts in India – home to the largest number of forms of live traditional performance in the world – now find themselves locked in a struggle for survival.

He argues that in spite of the seductions of more modern forms of entertainment, there is no substitute for the unique experience of live performances, and that Indian films, television, and websites project an incomplete and unrealistic picture of the country.

A faculty member of Jadavpur University’s English department, Lal received his doctorate in theater from the University of Illinois in 1986.

He has contributed articles on classical and modern literature to the Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia, and also contributes to the Oxford Tagore Translations.

He is currently in the United States as Fulbright Senior Fellow of the India Studies Program at Indiana University in Bloomington.

The lecture is open to the public, and is jointly sponsored by the Asian American Studies Institute, the India Studies Program, and the Department of English.

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