Girish Karnad occupies a unique niche in the world of Indian Theatre. He was the first dramatist in postcolonial India writing in Kannada and then translating his plays himself into English. Karnad’s plays are concerned with issues of class, caste and gender. This short course will tackle his major themes and concerns and engage in detail with six of Karnad’s most important plays.
1. Girish Karnad: An Introduction
3. Hayavadana and Naga-Mandala
4. Taledanda and The Fire and The Rain
About the Speaker:
Prof.Dr. Sridhar Rajeswaran is a visiting Professor of Humanities at the Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences, University of Mumbai and Department of Atomic Energy. He is also a member of the Advisory Committee of the CoHaB IDC Constructions of Home and Belonging Indian Diaspora Centre, University of Mumbai. He is a Global Faculty at the Fairleigh Dickinson University, NJ, USA. He has studied at the Universities of Madras and Bombay. His doctoral work dealt with postcolonial perspectives on the poetry of W.B. Yeats. His post-doctoral areas of research are Modernist Poetry, Modern Indian Drama, Postcolonial Studies and Studies of the Indian Diaspora in Literature and films.