Vignettes Relating to Kathakali and Shakespeare: The Thirasheela versus the Curtain

This book is written for all lovers of the performing arts, especially those who love Kathakali, the dance drama of Kerala, the southern state in India. While other texts have been written about the history of the dance drama in English, this book uniquely brings in Shakespearean plays and characters, comparing them to the stories and characters in Kathakali to give it a completely new perspective.

Dr Mohan Gopinath holds a Master’s degree in English Literature from St. Stephen’s College at Delhi University, which he later joined as a member of the faculty. He obtained a doctoral degree from Osmania University, India. His publications include Business Drama: How Shakespearean Insights Help Leaders Manage Volatile Contexts and The Actor Who Could Connect: the Genius of Kalamandalam Krishnan Nair.

Vellinezhi Achuthan Kutty completed his education at NSS College, Ottapalam and Victoria College, Palakkad, and went on to work in the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay and at the Directorate General of Civil Aviation and Meteorology, in the Sultanate of Oman. He is currently the Director of the Thantra Academy of Behavioural and Allied Sciences and President of Vellinezhi Nanu Nair Smaraka Kalakendram.

Nagesh Bharadwaj holds an MBA from the University of Oklahoma, USA. He worked at Union Pacific Railroad Company and Sony for more than 10 years, and his research interests include the impact of art on life.

Asha Prabhakaran holds an MBA degree from the University of Madras, India and is pursuing a doctoral degree from Anna University, India. She is the author and co-author of a number of articles and case studies.

Dr Sabina Zacharias has been teaching English Language and Literature, Cultural Studies, Business Communication and Legal English to multicultural and multi-lingual groups at different levels in India and abroad for the last 15 years. She completed her doctoral degree at the English and Foreign Languages University in Hyderabad. Currently, she is an Adjunct Faculty teaching Communication and coordinating training courses in English Language and Soft Skills at various B- Schools in Bangalore.

"Dr. Mohan Gopinath's sharp observations, keen insights, wide scholarship across diverse domains and, above all, the unalloyed passion for both Kathakali and Shakespeare have helped in shaping the flow of the book and the author's unique perspective on character interpretation. The book has been immensely blessed with a Foreword written by Sreedevi Rajan, daughter of Kalamandalam Krishnan Nair and a Prologue by the granddaughter, Smitha Rajan. The book is a humble tribute to the late Kalamandalam Krishnan Nair and his performances and will be a rare and befitting document of his life and art."

Prof. Z. K. Peter, Former Professor of English Literature, Narthaki

"A must-read for all professionals and students."

Kalamandalam Mohana Krishnan, Kathakali singer, Kerala

"A well-written book with an unusual perspective. I enjoyed reading it."

Sivakumar Mathada, Registrar, Indian Institute of Management, Udaipur, Rajasthan

“I strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in critically dissecting characters. Mohan at his best.”
Dr Dolphy M. Abraham
Professor (retd.) and former Head of the Doctoral Program, Alliance University, Bangalore, India

"I found this one of the most interesting approaches to both Shakespeare and Kathakali."

Dr M.J. Sridhar, Founder-Director, Executive Resource Management Group Consultants, Bangalore

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ISBN: 1-5275-7777-5

ISBN13: 978-1-5275-7777-0

Release Date: 20th January 2022

Pages: 235

Price: £61.99