Karyala : S.S.S. Thakur

A theatrical entertainment with local variants all over Himachal Pradesh, Karyala consists of swangs or acts relating to the life and concerns of the villagers. The open-air performance is prefaced by virtuoso drumming and often incorporates dance and comic acts. In the absence of a script — and with minimal props and costume — the Karyalchis improvise the dialogues in verse, commenting with barbed wit on the mores of the community. This booklet provides a brief introduction to this form of folk theatre. 175 x 160 mm / 25 pages /21 halftones Published 1980 / Rs 20