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Classical Theater

Natyashastra Sanskrit Literature

Patanjali in his Mahabhashya (a grammar text written in 140 BC) refers to pantomime, recitation, singing and dancing as forms of expression. Nonetheless there is no direct allusion to the dramatic form. Many scholars observe that the existence of the above skills, and the proliferation of rituals and epic stories cannot but be indicative of the existence of dramatic traditions. The earliest works survive in palm-leaf manuscripts. Sanskrit drama flourished between the first and tenth centuries AD, producing masterpieces that stand unparalleled even in present times.

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