Indian Folk Tales and Religious Performances

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So the Bhakti movement leads the religious performances while secular performances are often based on folk idioms and beliefs. The religious performances are often very polished performances because of the religious subject matter and it needs much attention in the performance while on the other hand the secular performance contains some dialogues in the form of double layered meaning and a little bit of vulgarity on stage by nata or vidushika. In the matter of adopting the dramatic techniques, religious performances adopt most of the dramatic techniques from Sanskrit theatre while on the contrary secular performances mixe the elements of Sanskrit theatre with some regional elements like dance, music, regional dialects, idioms, etc. Mythology is a part of living culture of India, especially of rural India. Indian folk theatre is essential mythological in the matter of the selection of characters, themes, narrative parts, etc. Characters from myths, epics, and legends are always presented on the stage and they present a lively reality on the stage. Sanskrit theatre also uses myth and mythological narratives for the dramatic performance as in folk theatre. But there is difference Sanskrit theatre promotes the myth and legendary story form well-known epics and Puranas like Ramayana, Mahabharata, Vedas, etc. On the contrary folk theatre promotes local myths and legends on stage which are already familiar to the audience. The reason for the selection of such stories is
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