Roots in India traces its roots all the way back to 1775 when Shakespeare’s play were performed by Indians for the entertainment of traders in Calcutta.
Colleges and Universities began to spread the influence of Shakespeare. The Hindu College in Calcutta had a “systematic study of English Literature”(Trivedi 15). “Both performance and literary aspects were included”(Trivedi 15) and there was a major focus on oral memorization and “declamation schools”(Trivedi 15) regarding Shakespeare.

I think that these early teaching methods fostered a deep appreciation and love of the study of Shakespeare and popularized the plays in India. The influence of the British empire and the focus on the English language also helped contribute to India’s adoption of Shakespeare.


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