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An Anthology of Contemporary Bengali Plays by Bratya Basu (Paperback)

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This anthology of six selected plays, written between 2000 and 2020 by Bratya Basu, winner of the Sahitya Akademi Award 2021, is the first collection of Bengali plays that blends avant-garde, pop, and traditional cultures with contemporary dramatic themes. The six plays, freshly translated into English, each bring a uniquely Bengali and Indian perspective to the intermingling of past and present, global and local, and magical and real in a postmodern pastiche about India today. The collection is divided into three thematic sections:

1) "Poignant Challenges, Soulful Remorse" examines power in Indian politics, religion, and family.

2) "(In)visible Boundaries, (Un)democratic Choices" explores the relationship among democracy, nation building, and the role of women in intergenerational political struggle.

3)"Intimately Political, Politically Intimate" navigates queer identity, mental health, and the fabulation of modern Bengali life in a 21st century India straddling the progressive politics that removed section 377 and Hindu nationalisms that stoke new conservatisms.

Film, TV & DramaTheatrePhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesNon-Western philosophyOriental & Indian philosophy Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC Publication Date: 01/06/2023 ISBN-13: 9781350289420  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Bratya Basu, is an Indian actor, stage director, playwright, film director, professor and a politician. Basu was West Bengal's minister for Education. As an acclaimed writer, he began his theatre career in 1996 with his first play Ashaleen and went on to write Aranyadeb, Shahar Yaar, Virus-M, Winkle-Twinkle, Ruddhasangeet, Chatushkon, and the internationally celebrated Hemlat - the Prince of Garanhata. He has also been awarded Gajendra Kumar Mitra-Sumathanath Ghosh Memorial Award 2018 for his contribution in Bengali Literature.

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