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The Drama (v. 5,nos. 19-20)


The Drama (v. 5,nos. 19-20)

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Excerpt from book: THE PAESEE DRAMA. 3LTHOUGH the theatrical business in India seldom brings a fortune to the Europeans who are engaged in it, the Parsee companies—judging from the support with which they meet and from the number which are to be found in all parts of the country—at least thrive. "Hot season" or "cold season," year in and year out, from Peshawar in the extreme north (where the "bhang"-excited "ghazt" makes it the business of his life to stab the inoffensive white man in the back) to Tuticorin in the south, and from muggy Bombay to Calcutta, these troupes perform most strenuously. Such is their enterprise that they even halt at the small, insignificant "stations" in the hope of whirling in the natives from the adjoining villages. For the Hindoos and Mahometans, in their common love of a "tamasha," sink the differences of religious opinion, and vie with each other in appreciating what is going forward. Support is occasionally forthcoming from the easily- pleased section of the "Sahib-log" (English people), who, faute de mieux, perhaps, look in at the show in the hope that it will while away an hour or so of a dull and, therefore, unprofitable existence. In Bombay and Calcutta the Parsee players are housed in a theatre, while the boxes are so arranged that the native women, who, being "purda nashin," dare not show their faces and forms in public, cansee without the other members of the audience even knowing that they are in the house. Sometimes, however, a catastrophe occurs. Owing to the natural carelessness of the Indian, the curtains, which are drawn across the box, part company with the poles on which they are slung: and though they are hastily adjusted, the squeals and squalls of the occupants suggest that horrible tortures are being inflicted behind the sheltering "purd...  
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