Author: Mahesh DattaniSeveral Contributors/Translator(s)/ Editors(s): Angelie MultaniPublisher: Pencraft InternationalYear: 2007Language: EnglishPages: 174ISBN/UPC (if available): 8185753849
This critical anthology interrogates the aesthetics of Mahesh Dattani's plays, embedded in his deft constructions of the contemporary, urban middle class people of India. What comes sharply under the scanner is Dattani's notation of gender and class discriminations, familial affiliations and discords, communal politics and violence, as well as the dilemmas and tensions of the differently able, the transgendered, the gay and the lesbian. Equally does this study critique Dattani's use of the (now) legitimized Indian English and its subtle variations, explorations of functional stage-spaces, enhancement of audience-participation, re-invention of text as performance, and his deep involvement in the issues and concerns of his drama without sounding didactic or prescriptive.
ContentsAcknowledgementsINTRODUCTIONAngelie Multani1. Towards a Multicultural Theatre: Mahesh Dattani and the Changing Audience for Contemporary Indian Drama in English.2. We Live in the Ficker: Reflections in Time on the Plays of Mahesh Dattani. 3. ‘Everyone will be in Costumes! And will have Masks on!’ Gender and Performance in Bravely Fought the Queen. 4. Consuming and Selling Women: An Analysis of Gender Play and the Politics of Capitalism in Mahesh Dattani’s Bravely Fought the Queen.5. 7Dismembering Traditions within Postcolonial Contexts: A Retrospective look into Dance Like a Man.6. Final Solutions?7. ‘Too Much That Is Sacred’: Ritual and Mahesh Dattani’s.8. Terrifying Tara: The Angst of the Family. 9. Constructing the Self and the Other: Seven Steps Around the Fire and Bravely Fought the Queen.10. Invisible Issues: An Interview with Mahesh Dattani.11. A Conversation with Mahesh Dattani.Contributors