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Neither Half nor Whole

Vasudha Dalmia

in Poetics, Plays, and Performances

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780195695052
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080335 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195695052.003.0004
Neither Half nor Whole

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The decades between the 1930s and the 1960s marked a rapid conceptual and formal transformation within the Hindi theatre. Looking at the swiftness of such changes and developments, the chapter juxtaposes the views of Jayshankar Prasad of the 1930s Hindi theatre with the pronouncements and experiments of Mohan Rakesh from the 1950s onwards. Moreover, the chapter focuses on Mohan Rakesh and his writing career after the Independence. It brings to light Rakesh’s efforts and experiments with yartharthvadi and the plays that were founded on realism. Rakesh was the first of the playwrights discussed in this study to evolve his dramaturgy in constant interaction with performance. His was a realism of a new sort, as it set out to recreate the politics of urban interiors as they evolved in a new and extremely conflicted positioning of gender roles.

Keywords: Hindi theatre; Jayshankar Prasad; 1930s Hindi theatre; Mohan Rakesh; yartharthvadi; realism; dramaturgy; performance

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Subjects: Literary Studies (Plays and Playwrights)

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