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‘I Am a Hindu’

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/9780195695052.003.0009
‘I Am a Hindu’

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Evaluating the journey of Indian theatre in the twentieth century, this chapter begins with a brief discussion of the increasing involvement of Hindutva and Hindu women in the field of theatre during the 1990s. The first section explores the works of these women by tracing the range of operational modes and the converging and diverging strands that existed between the works of these women directors. The succeeding sections of this chapter concentrate on Rabindranath Tagore’s novel Gora, which engages with the notions of cultural, political, and gender identity, particularly with nationality and Hinduness. His novel’s political concerns acquired a new significance in the early 1990s at the height of the Hindu-Muslim tensions; a tension which led to the destruction of the Babri Masjid.

Keywords: Indian theatre; Hindutva; women directors; Rabindranath Tagore; Gora; cultural identity; political identity; gender identity; Hinduness; Babri Masjid

Chapter.  11477 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (Plays and Playwrights)

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