"Naach Bhikhari Naach" Film Screening
50th Annual Conference on South Asia
Saturday, October 22, 2022
Capital Ballroom A, Madison Concourse Hotel
Naach is a form of traditional folk theatre from Bihar, India. In this tradition, male artists often crossdress as women on stage and are referred to as ‘laundas’. The most legendary name in this tradition is Bhikhari Thakur’s— an actor, playwright, and a social reformer popularly known as the ‘Shakespeare of Bhojpuri.’ The film follows the last four Naach performers to have worked with him and creates a visual archive of their performance tradition.