Sri Venkateshwara University
The present paper tries to explore the origin and emergence of the Indian Drama as an important and independent genre and analyzes the influence of Existentialism on the Indian English Drama. The pre-independence Indian English Drama is notable for its commitment to human and moral values, symbolic significance, technical virtuosity, thematic variety and poetic excellence, yet it was not much geared for the actual stage production, where as the post independent Indian English Drama was greatly benefitted by the growing interest of the foreign countries in Indian English literature in general and Indian English Drama in particular. The contemporary Indian English Drama is innovative and experimental in terms of technical and thematic qualities. It does not spring out of any specific tradition, rather re-investigates folk lore, religion, myth, legend and history, thereby laying a foundation of a distinctive tradition in the history of world drama.