Theatre PhD student Jash Sen has published an article, “Advocating for the Rejuvenation of Jatra Performance,” in Ecumenica: Performance and Religion, a journal out of Penn State University Press.
From the abstract:
The popular theater of West Bengal known as Jatra derives from devotional forms of performance going back a few centuries. In the nineteenth century, the form contributed to India's emerging independence movement and Jatra became a significant voice for social concerns in the twentieth century. The bibek - a narrator/character who performs as a conscience - contributed to Jatra's effectiveness in advocating for social issues.
See the full article here!