The Theatre of Subversion: A Case from Kannada Theatre
The paper proposes to evaluate the on-stage politics of representing the subalterns through the medium of folk theatre in the selected plays of the distinguished Kannada playwright and poet H.S. Shiva Prakash. It provides a brief analysis of Shiva Prakash’s two plays performed widely viz., Mahachaitra: The Great Spring (1985), and Madaiah, the Cobbler (1991). Further, it focuses on the politics of adaptation in his unpublished play Sati:The Divination based on a Puranic story and its first stage production by H. Tomba in Assam. Our contention is that playwrights like Shiva Prakash use the power of the stage to subvert theatrical, political, and social conventions in India by employing the folk idioms of Karnataka.
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