Shailaja B. Wadikar Assistant Professor in English at the School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies of the Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University, Nanded.
Girish Karnad: A Contemporary Playwright reveals Karnad’s contribution to contemporary Indian theatre which remains unparalleled in Indian theatre history. It brings out how Karnad has reshaped postindependence Indian theatre and has given it a new dimension. The book presents him as an avantgarde playwright who shocks the sensibility of the conventional readers by introducing the forbidden and sometimes even tabooed subjects. The plays based on myth, history and folk lore throw light on his sense of tradition with both the Eliotian terms—the “pastness of the past” and the “presence of the past”. It discusses how the latest plays such as Wedding Album, Boiled Beans on Toast and Driven Snow (still unpublished) bring forth the awesome, horrible reality of the contemporary life which compels the audience/ readers see/read them with unblinking eyes.
Contents • Foreword • Preface • Acknowledgements • Prologue — Tradition and Modernity; Myth Plays — Yayati: Struggle for Existence • Bali: The Sacriﬁ ce: Violence: Actual and Imagined • The Fire and the Rain: A Rhetoric of Revenge ; History Plays — Tughlaq: From Idealism to Realism • Tale-Danda: Karnadian Utopia • The Dreams of Tipu Sultan: Towards Nationalism; Folk Plays — Hayavadana: Quest for Completeness • Nagamandala: Gender Consciousness • Flowers: Listening to Soul; New Plays — Broken Images: Ego and Alter-ego • Wedding Album: Exploring Indian Culture • Boiled Beans on Toast: Aspiration and Frustration • Driven Snow: Decentering the Centre; Epilogue — Girish Karnad: A N