Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online

Get access

Drama and Theatre
(11,842 words)

Theatre and drama have been associated with religion in a Hindu context for many centuries. The link is certainly older than its literary documentation in the Nāṭyaśāstra ascribed to Bhārata (200–300 CE). The sacred dimension derived from the origin myth of theatre in this treatise and later commentaries was and is arguably not the onl…

Cite this page
Binder, Katrin, “Drama and Theatre”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 27 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2018

▲   Back to top   ▲