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Five Lords, Yet None a Protector & Timeless Tales
Five Lords, Yet None a Protector & Timeless Tales

Five Lords, Yet None a Protector & Timeless Tales

by Saoli Mitra

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Language

English

Publisher

Stree

ISBN

8185604495 - Year: 2006 - Pages: 224

Binding

Paperback

Saoli Mitra

Author: Saoli Mitra
Nabaneeta Dev Sen/
Translator(s)/Editor: Rita Dutta/Ipshita Chanda/Moushumi Bhowmik
Publisher: Stree
Year: 2006
Language: English
Pages: 224
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8185604495

Description

Translated for the first time into English, these two plays by Saoli Mitra, a distinguished actor of the Bengali stage, are both based on the Mahabharata. Draupadi’s story is narrated in Five Lords, Yet None a Protector (Nathabati Ananthabat). Married to the five royal Pandav brothers, she is defenceless even in their presence, sexually humiliated by the Kauravs, her husbands’ cousins and rival claimants for the throne. In Timeless Tales (Katha Amritasaman), Mitra considers the awesome destruction of an age and the Tragedy of the royal women: Satyavati; Amba, Ambika and Ambalika who were abducted by Bhisma for his half brothers; Kunti, Gandhari, and Draupadi.

Both plays are one-woman performances in the tradition of kathakatha, a rural Bengali genre of dramatized storytelling that uses live music, some of it played by the narrator the kathathakurun. The apparent naivete of the single woman’s voice in the play builds up a relationship of collusion with the audience. Critically looking at the Mahabharata through a gender lens, Mitra throws a challenge to the audience.
Nabaneeta Dev Sen provides an incisive Foreword.

Contents

FOREWORD

Nabaneeta Dev Sen

INTRODUCTION
Saoli Mitra

PLAY I FIVE LORDS, YET NONE A PROTECTOR
Translated by Rita Datta

Act I
Act II

PLAY II TIMELESS TALES
Translated by Ipshita Chanda and Moushumi Bhowmik
Act I
Act II

APPENDIX I
Krishna: An Enigma

APPENDIX II
An Imaginary Conversation with My Audience

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