Girish Karnad Plays: Performance and Critical Perspectives
Edited by Tutun Mukherjee

This volume both interrogates and celebrates the outstanding achievement of Girish Karnad as a dramatist, engaged in reinventing the Indian theatre traditions over the past forty-five years. Jargon-free and insightful, the book probes Karnadís inclusive dramaturgy manifested in his deft handling of various literary tropes and stage props. All major plays of the distinguished dramatist are explored and revaluated in their larger socio-cultural, historical, gender, caste and performance contexts, preceded by a long and rewarding conversation with the playwright, many of them supported by photographs of productions. The thirty-two contributors to this definitive study belong to the top shelf of drama/theatre critics and sahardayas from India and abroad.

Tutun Mukherjee is Professor and Head, Centre for Comparative Literature, University of Hyderabad. She is a keen and discerning scholar-critic of the genre of drama and loves to watch, discuss and write about quality theatre and films as socio-cultural texts. Her publications include Staging Resistance: Plays by Women in Translation (Oxford University Press).

Contributors : Vijaykumar M.Boratti, Nikhila Haritsa, B. Yadava Raju, Basavaraj S. Naikar, Veena Noble Dass, Aparna Dharwadkar, C.R.Simha, M.K.Naik, Erin B. Mee P.Dhanavel, N.P. Ashley, Moutushi Chakravartee, B.T. Seetha, V. Rangan Jose George, Sharmila Sreekumar, K.C.Bindu, Kavalam Narayana Panikkar, Arundhati Banerjee, H.S.Krishnamurthy, Ananda Lal Rama Nair, P. Jayalakshmi, Mala Renganathan, Mamta G. Sagar, Arjun Sajnani, Sumita Roy, S. Subhash Chandran, Krishnamurthy Hanur, Grace Sudhir, Maya Pandit, Prasanna and Jasbir Jain.

ISBN 81-85753-71-7           2008           380 pp            Rs. 1295 (hb)

An impressive volume throughout.
The Literary Criterion
Professor Mukherjee has made a significant contribution to Karnad studies in bringing out this anthology with great care and precision.
Indian Literature, Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi