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The Strength of Our Wrists: Three Plays

Price : $11.75
ISBN # : 9788189059620
Author : Premanand Gajvee, Shanta Gokhale (Trans.) & M.D. Hatkanangalekar (Trans.)
pages: 156
Edition : Paperback
Volumes : 1
Publisher : Navayana
Published : 2014

Premanand Gajvee writes with a fierce urge to expose unspoken histories and set right historical wrongs. His plays, never complex, have the unerring ability to unsettle and move the reader, and compel us to reckon with discomfiting realities. The three plays translated from Marathi in this collection each representing a distinct style in Gajvee s oeuvre probe contentious questions of contemporary relevance, often evoking widespread debate. The one-act Ghotbhar Pani (A Sip of Water), performed over 3,000 times, fuses a folk idiom with absurdist, nameless characters; the Greek tragedy-like Kirwant explores the plight of a sub-caste of untouchable brahmins who are despised for performing death rites; and Gandhi Ambedkar stages the clash between two titans mediated by an irreverential, imaginary, interstitial clown.



Author Bio: Premanand Gajvee is a prominent Marathi playwright. After storming the Marathi stage with his one-act Ghotbhar Pani (A Sip of Water) in 1977, which has been staged over 3,000 times, Gajvee has written eleven one-acts and thirteen full-length plays, besides a novel, two short story collections, and a volume of poetry. He co-founded the Bodhi Natya Parishad in Mumbai in 2003 with the aim of encouraging new, socially relevant plays in Marathi.

Shanta Gokhale is a writer and a theatre critic equally felicitous in Marathi and English. She has written two novels and two plays in Marathi. She is the author of Playwright at the Centre: Marathi Drama From 1843 to the Present (2000), and editor of Satyadev Dubey: A Fifty-Year Journey through Theatre (2012). Her novel Tya Varshi, which won the Maharashtra State Award in 2009, has been translated into English as Crowfall (2013). Shanta lives in Mumbai.

M.D. Hatkanangalekar is a leading Marathi literary critic and translator who has taught English at Willingdon College, Sangli.

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Tuesday 18 March, 2014.
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