Encounter in Umbugland
is a political satire and
, set inMaharashtra in the late eighteenth century, recounts the power game played out in termsof caste ascendancy in politics.
A Friend’s Story
is a stark commentary on the nature of both heterosexual and homosexual love.
explores the texture of modernityand social change in India through a marriage between two people of different castes and backgrounds. Since the appearance of cross-dressing male actors in Patanjali's
(ca. 150 B.C.E.), India's dramatic productions have been characterized by afluid role-playing of gender. Of course, having all-women and/or all-men performanceswas intended to prevent transgressive heterosexual couplings.For others, however, it became a space where same-sex desire and couplingscould flourish. In the play
Mitrachi Goshta: A
pre-eminent playwrightVijay Tendulkar more than alludes to this long tradition of same-sex gender performing intheatre.Vijay Tendulkar is the most influential playwright of our time. His plays havemade a sort of a history on Indian stage. He is the major figure in keeping Marathi Stageavante- garde in comparison with other Indian languages including English. The major theme in his plays is man’s loneliness in this universe. This gives his plays not onlymodern Indian but a global dimension. Loneliness of the individual is his favouritesubject in most of his plays: Kashinath in
Manus Navache Bet (An Island called Man)
Mi Jinklo Mi Harlo (I Won, I Lost)
, Rama in
Silence, TheCourt is in Session,