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     1'''Radheshyam Kathavachak, (b. 1890)''' 
     4Writer born in Bareilly. Major 1920s Parsee 
     5theatre playwright, e.g. for New Alfred Co. In 
     6plays like Shri Krishnavtar (1926), Rukmini 
     7Mangal (1927) and Shravan Kumar (1928) he 
     8more or less invented the mythological in its 
     9familiar Hindi film version, still practised in e.g. 
     10Sagar’s TV serial, Ramayan (1986-8). 
     11Established as the most successful playwright 
     12of his generation with the hit Abhimanyu (New 
     13Alfred, 1916), whose book was a bestseller. He 
     14drew upon his strong familial roots in the 
     15performative traditions of the Ramleela and 
     16pioneered the mediation of Northern and 
     17Central Indian folk performances into the later 
     18mass cultural manifestation of the genre in 
     19Hindi cinema. Unlike e.g. Betaab, he made 
     20few claims for classicism beyond that of writing 
     21in ‘pure’ Hindi (as distinct from Urdu). He 
     22attempted to link up with the devotional rather 
     23than with the spectacular and addressed a 
     24proletarian audience through the publications 
     25of his Radheshyam Press in Bareilly. Worked 
     26briefly for Madan Theatres as scenarist and 
     27songwriter and freelanced often for former 
     28New Alfred colleagues. His autobiography 
     29(1957) is considered a classic description of the 
     30early 20th C. commercial theatre and also gives 
     31a first-hand description of the Madan film 
     32factory. Also scripted or wrote lyrics for 
     33Bhavnani’s Shakuntala (1931), Dhrupad Rai’s 
     34Shri Satyanarayan (1935), Varma’s Usha 
     35Haran (1940), Sohrab Modi’s Jhansi Ki Rani 
     36(1953) and Sharad Desai’s Shravan Kumar