The play was the thing...

Vijay Tendulkar, who passed away recently was richly and deservedly celebrated. The plays that he wrote in the 1960's and 70's were classics that changed Indian theater in fundamental ways. Shantata!, Sakharam Binder, and (for me) above all, Ghasiram Kotwal- tremendous plays, great theater, and a powerful social commentary...

His Wiki entry says "By providing insight into major social events and political upheavals during his adult life, Tendulkar became one of the strongest radical political voices in Maharashtra in recent times. While contemporary writers were cautiously exploring the limits of social realism, he jumped into the cauldron of political radicalism, and courageously exposed political hegemony of the powerful and the hypocrisies in the Indian social mindset. His powerful expression of human angst has resulted in his simultaneously receiving both wide public acclaim, and high censure from the orthodox and the political bigwigs. "

Scholars lists a few of the anthologies of plays of Vijay Tendulkar. Kamala. The Vultures. Silence the court is in Session. Ghasiram Kotwal. And some others. These have been published by OUP and are listed on our Performing Arts and Drama page.

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