Contents: Preface/Vijay Tendulkar. Characterization and structure : two essentials for a playwright/Vijay Tendulkar. Introduction/Samik Bandyopadhyay. 1. Kamala/Priya Adarkar. 2. Silence! The Court is in Session/Priya Adarkar. 3. Sakharam Binder/Kumud Mehta and Shanta Gokhale. 4. The Vultures/Priya Adarkar. 5. Encounter in Umbugland/Priya Adarkar. 6. Ghashiram Kotwal/Jayant Karve and Eleanor Zelliot. 7. A Friend’s Story/Gowri Ramnarayan. 8. Kanyadaan/Gowri Ramnarayan. Appendices: 1. Note on Kamala, Silence! The Court is in Session, Sakharam Binder, The Vultures, Encounter in Umbugland/Arundhati Banerjee. 2. Note on Ghashiram Kotwal/Samik Bandyopadhyay. 3. Note on A Friend’s Story/Rohini Hattangady. 4. Note on Kanyadaan.
"This collection brings together for the first time, award-winning playwright Vijay Tendulkar’s best-known plays, translated from Marathi. It includes a preface by Tendulkar on his induction into the art of writing plays, and a piece on what he considers to be the essential skills of a playwright. The introduction by Samik Bandyopadhyay discusses the role of power in Tendulkar’s plays.
The plays deal with the complexity of human relationship. Each contains a subtle critique of modern Indian society, and a distinct character and message. Kamala is an indictment of the success-oriented male society in which women are mere stepping stones for the achievements of men. Silence ! The Court is in Session combines social criticism with the tragedy of an individual victimized by society. Sakharam Binder explores the complications of human nature, two necessary components of which are sex and violence. The Vultures depicts the economic and moral degeneration of a family.
Encounter in Umbugland is a political satire and Ghashiram Kotwal, set in Maharashtra in the late eighteenth century, recounts the power game played out in terms of caste ascendancy in politics. A Friend’s Story is a stark commentary on the nature of both heterosexual and homosexual love. Kanyadaan explores the texture of modernity and social change in India through a marriage between two people of different castes and backgrounds.
A compilation of eight plays, this volume is a collector’s item which will make Tendulkar’s works easily accessible to students and aficionados of modern Indian theatre." (jacket)