The Theatre of Subversion: A Case from Kannada Theatre

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  • Rajyashree Khushu Lahiri
  • Shweta Rao, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India

Abstract

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 Further, it focuses on the politics of adaptation in his unpublished play Sati:The Divination based on a Puranic story and its first stage production by H. Tomba in Assam.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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Author Biographies

Rajyashree Khushu Lahiri

Dr. Rajyashree Khushu Lahiri is an Assistant Professor of English in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, India. She specialises in American literature, gender studies, and has also been working in postcolonial and cultural studies. She has been on a Fulbright doctoral scholarship, a British Council grant, as well as a USIA grant. She has an eclectic range of scholarly publications to her credit.

Shweta Rao, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India

Ms. Shweta Rao is a Research Scholar in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, India. Her areas of interest are literature and cultural studies. She has been associated with theatre and was a part of H.S. Shiva Prakash’s drama troupe in Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

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Published

2009-06-15

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Lahiri, R. K., & Rao, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India, S. (2009). The Theatre of Subversion: A Case from Kannada Theatre. Asiatic: IIUM Journal of English Language and Literature, 3(1), 69-78. Retrieved from https://journals.iium.edu.my/asiatic/index.php/ajell/article/view/71

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