CAS Luncheon Series
Thursday, March 15, 2018, 12:30 p.m.
CAS Conference Room

In this talk, I’ll be focusing on the folk theatre form Jatra as a traditional model of mass communication and/or entertainment in rural and urban Bengal. Traditionally the collective of Jatra performers were also skilled singers. Jatra is celebrated for its highly stylized lyrical and improvisational performance style as well as an important communication tool within the rural communities. By evaluating the theatrical techniques specific to Jatra it becomes evident how they distinctly communicate with the under-served communities of Bengal. In order to justify the rejuvenation and preservation of the form, Jatra, I will articulate what is uniquely provided by this form that Western influenced forms cannot provide.

A native of Kolkata, India, Jashodhara Sen is a PhD student in Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Colorado-Boulder, and a 2017-2018 Publicly Active Graduate Education (PAGE) Fellow. She earned her MA in Theatre Arts and MA in Theatre (Directing Emphasis) from Mumbai University and Oklahoma State University respectively. Jashodhara is interested in exploring applied performance, post-colonial Bengali folk-theatre, and women’s issues around immigration.