Collected Plays of Mahesh Elkunchwar, Volume II

Hardcover | April 15, 2011

byMahesh Elkunchwar

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Collected Plays of Mahesh Elkunchwar, Volume II brings together eight critically acclaimed plays - Holi, Flower of Blood, God Son, As One Discardeth Old Clothes..., Autobiography, Party, Pond, and Apocalypse - by the noted Marathi playwright. Holi, the first play in the collection, is about a group of restless, directionless, and disillusioned youngsters on the campus, who finally vent their frustrations on a gullible victim, ending in a gruesome tragedy. Flower of Blood is about the trauma of an aging woman and her daughter's discoveryof her sexuality. God Son is a study of emotional and physical abuse inflicted in the name of 'scientific' upbringing. As One Discardeth Old Clothes... delves into the mind of a man who is waiting to discard his mortal shackles and join the Supreme One. Autobiography is about an old writer trying to write his autobiography and coming to terms with a lifetime of lies and deceit. Party is a vignette of city sophisticates and urban artists and their vacuous, masked lives. Pond and Apocalypse are part of the Wada trilogy. While Pond tries to portraythe changing values of Dharangaonkar Deshpandes, the younger generation taking over and succumbing to the materialistic lifestyle that spells doom for them as well as others, Apocalypse is indicative of a futuristic picture of India, her villages denuded of everything and turning them into a vastdesert: environmental, economic, cultural, social, and spiritual. Translated by Shanta Gokhale, Supantha Bhattacharya, Irawati Karnik, and Ashish Rajadhyaksha, this volume includes a Foreword by Vijaya Mehta and an introduction by Ananda Lal. The volume also includes detailed notes on production of each of the eight plays and photographs of the staging of theplays.

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Collected Plays of Mahesh Elkunchwar, Volume II brings together eight critically acclaimed plays - Holi, Flower of Blood, God Son, As One Discardeth Old Clothes..., Autobiography, Party, Pond, and Apocalypse - by the noted Marathi playwright. Holi, the first play in the collection, is about a group of restless, directionless, and disil...

Mahesh Elkunchwar, a leading figure in shaping modern Marathi theatre, is today one of the most translated and performed playwrights in India.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.98 inPublished:April 15, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198070853

ISBN - 13:9780198070856

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsVijaya Mehta: ForewordAnanda Lal: IntroductionHoliFlower of BloodGod SonAs One Discardeth Old Clothes...AutobiographyPartyPondApocalypseNotes