Indian Theatre: Origins, Types & Characteristics


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Who was the author of the Natyashastra?

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1. Which of the following is NOT a period of Indian theatre?

2. What was the language used by playwrights in the classical period of Indian drama?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

If you're curious about how much you know about Indian theatre, answer these questions to find out! When you take the quiz, you'll be asked about topics like the author of the Natyashastra and the different periods of Indian theatre.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Quiz/worksheet goals are listed as follows:

  • Identify the language used by playwrights in a given period of Indian theatre
  • Understand what made plays in another period unique
  • Recognize a popular theatre design used in recent Indian theatre

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - make sure you know the most important information in the lesson on Indian theatre
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the individual who wrote the 36 books of the Natyashastra and the various periods of Indian theatre
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the language used by classical Indian playwrights

Additional Learning

Feel free to learn more about Indian theatre with the accompanying lesson, Indian Theatre: Origins, Types & Characteristics. The lesson can teach you about the following:

  • Indian theatre origins and themes
  • Natakas, Prakaranas and Rasa plays
  • Famous Indian dramatists
  • Characteristics of the major theatre periods
  • Parsi Theatre and the Prithvi Theatre
  • The Indian People's Theatre Association (IPTA)