In the Hellenized world, theatre and performance have been historically linked to the cult of the god Dionysus. Much like the consumption of wine, drama creates an alternative dimension that does not follow the conventional parameters of reality. It is well know that Greek dramatic performances began with offerings and invocation to the god Dionysus, and the Hellenistic theatres found in Asia surely followed this tradition.
As we move to the Northwest of the Indian subcontinent in Kushan times, we are puzzled by the overwhelming artistic references to Dionysus and to wine drinking whereas theatre and drama are apparently absent. Structures identifiable as theatres have not been found in the Kushan territory. Inhabitation sites dating to the pre-Kushan and Kushan period have been seldom excavated and based on the scarce evidence in our hands they did not reproduce Hellenistic urban models, but rather followed a local, more Indic pattern. The absence of theatres built in the Greek fashion east of