Ritwik Ghatak

Ritwik Ghatak

Ritwik Ghatak : Five Plays

By amrita-nilanjana

Category: Theatre Books, Thornbird Books
ISBN: 978-93-86906-11-3
MRP: 495
Translated by: Amrita Nilanjana

Ritwik Ghatak perhaps remains the most celebrated auteur of Partition narratives—not only did he complete eight masterly feature films before his premature death, his brilliance and eccentrics also were reflected as a film-theorist, critic, author and a theatre writer-practitioner. In this collection of plays, his writings specifically act as a cultural sign bearing the remnants of one catastrophic history—the Partition of Bengal. Ritwik details the visual and aural realization of a fragmented Bengal in such a socio-political and cultural milieu of Indian history where we can trace both dystopian and utopian features.

Plays like Dalil (translated as Charter), Sanko (translated as Communications) and a few more are narratives that focus on the post-Independence sociohistorical observations of the Indian subcontinent with a sustained critique of the impact of Partition and the functioning of political malpractices in the lives of the refugees from East Bengal. Drawing from various sources, as disparate as folk music, Indian classical music, and folk theatre as well as Indian classical dramaturgy, the Vedas, the Upanishads and mythology— Ritwik has portrayed the tragic predicament of the innumerable, hapless immigrants, amalgamating the cultural richness with the social reality of that time.

Format: Hardback with dust jacket
Size: 216mm x 140mm
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