"Crossover of various disciplines is an inherent phenomenon of Indian theatre and
performing arts. With the coming of western influence during the colonial as well as
postcolonial periods, the character of modern Indian theatre has metamorphosed, and this
is often reflected in the realistic theatre of the country. The larger sections of the
Indian theatre scene belong to the experimental theatre, which delives its energy and
motivation from the classical and folk/tribal theatre, and is basically an
interdisciplinary theatre. Music, dance, acrobatic movements, gesticulation of emotions
are the integral aspects of such theatre.
The idea of artistic crossovers in the performing arts does not solely refer to
exchanges between artistic disciplines. Art itself, as a whole, can be seen as a
discipline in an interdisciplinary relationship with other fields, such as education or
the social sciences (anthropology, politics, sociology and so on) and the pure and applied
sciences. We also see a lot of negotiations between art and questions that are already
interdisciplinary, such as feminism; spirituality; the environment; and political issues
of gender, race, class, sexual orientation; etc. The discourses on these subjects inspire
many artists for experiments at the level of mixing forms.
The collection of various articles in this book presents a varied panoramic view of the
artistic crossovers in one way or the other."