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(The video clips of comedic performances from the Special Drama stage found on this page are designed to supplement arguments and analyses presented in the book, Stigmas of the Tamil Stage. The videos are in Tamil; English readers will find helpful the English translations on the pages noted for each clip.)

Video 1: Buffoon’s Comedy Scene

Performer: S. K. Selvam

Venue: Narayanapuram, Madurai District, April 1, 1992

Video: S. Seizer

Translation: A complete English translation of the dialog in this video appears in Stigmas of the Tamil Stage,  pp. 182-185. (A Tamil transcription of the same dialog appears on pp. 381-384.)

 

Video 2: Buffoon-Dance Duet

Performers: Kasturi & Kannan, Sattiya Raj & Suguna Rani, Shridar & Kalai Selvi, Ilayaraj & Sundari, Udaiyappa & Patma, Ravi Kanth & Jothi Stri, Mani & Amutha, Rajendran & Kalai Selvi, Tesingu Nataraj & Jeeva

Venues: Nine separate village venues in south-central Tamilnadu during the 1992-93 Special Drama season.

Video: S. Seizer

Translation: English translations of some of the dialogs in this video appear in Stigmas of the Tamil Stage, pp. 214-225.

 

Video 3: The "Atipiti" Scene

Performers: Sridevi and Kalaiarasan

Venue: Police Reserve Line, Madurai, 4 April, 1993

Video: S. Seizer

Translation: A complete English translation of the dialog in this video, and a discussion of its import, appears in Stigmas of the Tamil Stage, pp. 239-257.

 

 

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