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Volume 1 Issue 5

October 2014

Aesthetics and Politics across Cultures in Tom Stoppard’s Indian Ink
Mr. Mithun Dutta , 
Department of English, 
Banaras Hindu University, 
Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India
The paper reflects upon cross cultural perspective as an artistic manoeuvre in Indian Ink for a better understanding of the relationship between India and British in both its colonial and post-colonial scenario depicting through a series of aesthetic interchanges between Flora and Nirad Das in 1930 and between Flora’s sister Mrs. Swann and Nirad’s son Anish in the present that also includes Eldon Pike, an American scholar and editor of Flora’s Collected Letters. Stoppard’s own juxtaposition of the two time periods and the characters signifies and helps to deconstruct the static notion of national identity. Their discussion of artistic creations in both cultures in painting or poetry makes a different approach to understand their art that combines English storytelling and Indian symbolism.
Aesthetics; Art; Politics; Cross Culutral Perspective; Tom Stoppard; Indian Ink.
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