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Volume 1 Issue 6

November 2014

(Re)negotiating Culture: Cultural Reconnaissance in Girish Karnad's Hayavadana
Ms. Tanuka Chatterjee, 
Department of English, 
Banaras Hindu University, 
Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India
Theatrical representation is a place of perpetual reinvention. Cultures are most fully expressed in and made conscious of themselves in their ritual and theatrical performances. This provides a perspective on Indian Culture as a category which is deeply imbricated in the living cultures of contemporary Indian society. In Hayavadana cultural identities, densely ambiguous, are revealed, masked, fabricated or stolen. The conflated notions of “Indian tradition” and “Indian culture” as homogenous identities are used frequently here. The play is a damning indictment of the moribund Indian culture mired in the thraldom of spiritual bankruptcy and casteist prejudices. Substantive representation and reconnaissance of culture which has its ramifications in the cultural realm of Hayavadana will be examined.
Indian culture; Theatre; Identity; Folklore; Myth; Girish Karnad; Hayavadana
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