An Ethnography of Special Drama Artists in South India
These twelve examples of early drama broadsheets are made available for viewing here, in a larger format than appears in the printed book, by kind permission of the Roja Muthiah Research Library collection, Chennai, India. The paper on which these advertisements are printed is often of the lowest quality, intended only for brief usage. The remarkable preservation of such early examples of notices allow us to trace their gradual development into the standard form of the Special Drama notice today. From the mid-1960s to the present, that form has stabilized as an 8.5 x 11 single sheet anchored visually by artists’ plates in the four corners and center, dramatic roles on top and comedy roles at bottom. This hierarchical arrangement of artistic roles on the notices corresponds to the prestige accorded these artistic roles on stage.