About the Book“…playwright, poet, actor, director, critic, translator and cultural administrator all rolled into one…Karnad is a renaissance man…. Karnad’s celebrity is based on decades of prolific and consistent output....”— India Today
“...there have been a galaxy of litterateurs in Indian languages whose works can be classified as the world’s best and translated not only in English but other languages. Girish Karnad is one of them.” — The Tribune
Girish Karnad: A Contemporary Playwright reveals Karnad’s contribution to contemporary Indian theatre which remains unparalleled in Indian theatre history. It brings out how Karnad has reshaped post-independence Indian theatre and has given it a new dimension. The book presents him as an avant-garde playwright who shocks the sensibility of the conventional readers by introducing the forbidden and sometimes even tabooed subjects. The plays based on myth, history and folklore throw light on his sense of tradition with both the Eliotian terms—the “pastness of the past” and the “presence of the past”. It discusses how the latest plays such as Wedding Album, Boiled Beans on Toast and Driven Snow (still unpublished) bring forth the awesome, horrible reality of the contemporary life which compels the audience/readers see/read them with unblinking eyes.
An interesting feature of the book is that it comprises chapters that critically discuss the veteran dramatist’s plays till date.About the Author/sShailaja B. Wadikar is an Assistant Professor in English at the School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies of the Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University, Nanded. She has obtained her PGDTE from the CIEFL (now EFLU), Hyderabad, and Ph.D. from S.R.T.M. University, Nanded. She has completed UGC’s Minor and Major Research Projects. The books based on them have been published by Atlantic Publishers & Distributors (P) Ltd., New Delhi.
Wadikar has actively participated in and presented over sixty papers at various international, national, and state-level conferences/seminars. Comparative Literature, Indian Writing in English, Literary Theory, Phonetics, and Linguistics are her areas of interest with specialization in some. She is also a creative writer and has two Marathi novels to her credit: Maratha Mulgi, (The Maratha Girl) Granthali, Mumbai, and Ekata Asanyachi Goshta (The Story of Being Alone) Sakshat, Aurangabad.