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Indian scholars to lead tributes to the Bard


Indian scholars including Rita Banerjee Jawaharlal and Poonam Trivedi to lead global gathering on Shakespeare….reports Asian Lite News

Hamlet Skull Shakespeare mentalIndian academics will join over 800 Shakespeare scholars from more than 48 countries in Stratford Upon-Avon and London for the 10th World Shakespeare Congress, to explore and honour the Bard’s work some 400 years after his death.

Rita Banerjee Jawaharlal, from Nehru University, New Delhi, and Poonam Trivedi from Delhi University are leading seminars at the global congress.

Rita Banerjee is leading a seminar examining adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays on the contemporary Asian stage beginning from the early twentieth century, including those in alternate cultural forms and media, such as dance dramas, musical operas, and films.  She specializes in early modern English drama, has taught several courses on Shakespeare and Jacobean dramatists, and has published articles on Shakespeare and contemporary playwrights in Studies in Philology, Comparative Drama and ROMARD. Rita is completing a book on early modern tragicomedy. Her research interests include Shakespearean adaptations, cultural exchange, and historicism.

Poonam Trivedi is leading a seminar on Shakespeare as a widely-acknowledged world author transcending time and cultural space.  She has published Re-playing Shakespeare in Asia (2010), India’s Shakespeare: Translation, Interpretation, and Performance (2005), a CD-ROM King Lear in India (2006), and articles on performance and film versions of Shakespeare in India. She is Vice Chair of the Asian Shakespeare Association.

ShakespeareThis year’s event is co-hosted for the first time in two locations that were integral to both the personal and working life of William Shakespeare. The Congress is co-hosted in Stratford by the University of Birmingham’s Shakespeare Institute, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

In London, Shakespeare’s Globe and the London Shakespeare Centre, at King’s College London play host to the international delegation.

With an overarching theme of ‘Creating and Recreating Shakespeare’, the Congress will look at the continuing global relevance of Shakespeare’s work through a varied programme of lectures, seminars and workshops.

Shakespeareans from around the world, including the US, Canada, New Zealand, Malaysia, Brazil, UAE, Egypt, France, Australia, Japan, China, Italy, Singapore, South Africa, Mauritius, Portugal and India, will take part in seminars and panel discussions, exploring different aspects of the Bard’s work and the global cultural legacy he continues to have around the world.

Speakers at the 2016 World Shakespeare Congress include internationally renowned actor Adrian Lester. As the son of Jamaican immigrants to the UK, Lester will discuss his early exposure to Shakespeare and his recent performance as Othello at the National Theatre, as well as his ability to move between big-budget films and small scale live performances.

Booker Prize-winning novelist Howard Jacobson will be discussing his novelistic adaptation of The Merchant of Venice and the role Shakespeare played in the history and form of the novel.

While Gregory Doran, artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, will be in session exploring the company’s artistic life and history.

Shakespeare’s Globe’s Founding Director of Theatre Music, Claire van Kampen will be joined on stage by Bill Barclay, Globe Director of Music and an ensemble of early music players.

Rounding off the series of lectures will be a plenary session chaired by the Globe’s Executive Producer Tom Bird, where a panel of international theatre directors will be taking up some of the ways in which Shakespeare’s plays have been re-imagined around the world.