Author: Manoj MitraPublisher: Seagull BooksYear: 1999Language: EnglishPages: 144ISBN/UPC (if available): 8170461057
These farcical comedies translated into English from original Bengali take a sharp dig at class and caste relations in rural India under the guise of rollicking humor. Banchharam's Orchard (Sajano Bagan) tells the hilarious tale of old Banchharam who, by his refusal to die, out-maneuvers all those who are waiting greedily to lay claim to his valuable and beloved orchard, particularly the greedy zamindar who hungers for his death. An Encounter with Royalty (Rajdarshan), turns the pomp and power of kingship on its head as an impoverished old brahman enters the body of the dead king. THE TRANSLATORS: Ranjan and Sangeeta Ghoshal, a husband and wife team, are both in advertising and are active in theatre. They are based in Bangalore.