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I, Durga Khote: An Autobiography

Shanta Gokhale (Translator)
Synopsis I, Durga Khoite is the account of the life and work of an actress who entered the world of Indian films when women from respectable families were still forbidden to do so. The era of silent movies was coming to an end, and the new talkies gave Durga Khote the opportunity to showcase her talent. Catapulted into the film industry by early marriage and premature widowhood, her autobiography reveals Khote’s grit in the face of tragedy, her determination to be independent, and her constant desire to learn. While her professional life was marked by success, her personal life was overshadowed by disappointments and tragedies. Durgabai weaves together the bright and dark strands of her life with the skill of a born storyteller and in a style that is lively, crisp,. Direct, and often humorous. She goes beyond the narrowly personnel to give first-hand glimpses of the social, political, and cultural life of the times. Dugra Khote emerges from these pages not as a women exploited by the world of men but as open who went out into the world and explored it with zest. Shatnta Ghokle’s translation from the Marathi (published in 1982) retains the flavours and nuances of the original work. Gayatri Chatterjee’s Introduction discusses the genre of personal writing, particularly in Marathi literature, and conceptualizes I, Durga Khote within it. This autobiography will interest readers of Indian literature in translation, autobiographies, and Indian cinema, as well as students of women’s studies. It will especially appeal to Mumbaikars as much of Durga Khote;s story is about the city and its people.
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About the author

Shanta Gokhale

Shanta Gokhale was formerly Arts Editor with the Times of India, Mumbai, and is currently a freelance writer. She has to her credit a Marathi novel and several translations of Marathi plays and novels into English. she published two novels in Marathi, Rita Welinkar and Tya Varshi. Both won the Maharashtra State award for the best novel of the year. The first novel was recently adapted as a film, Rita by the her daughter Renuka Shahane. She has written numerous scripts for documentary, corprate and feature films, some of which have won national awards.

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Bibliographic information

Title I, Durga Khote: An Autobiography
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9780195692433
length xxxii+194p., Figures; Glossary; 23cm.