Some Instructions on Public Drama Performance

“So far these plays are concerned, they are not meant for ordinary people and if they laugh, then that is a great offense. Just like in your play “Putana Killed” there was so much laughing. So these plays are not meant for the public showing unless they are very nicely done. The audience must give grave attention. If they laugh, that is the greatest offense. Lord Chaitanya never played before ordinary men. Only before devotees. But for you to put on such plays for devotees only is not so practical. So plays of Krishna-lila should be avoided, unless it is very gravely performed. Some instructive stories from Bhagavatam may be played before the general public.”

– Letter to Vrindban Chandra, July 23, 1971 Brooklyn


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