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Begum Barve

Shanta Gokhale (Translator) Satish Alekar (Author)
Synopsis In this unusual Marathi play the playwright weaves a complex narrative with just four characters—Begum Barve, a small-time female impersonator who has spent his life playing bit roles in the professional Marathi theatre of the early twentieth century, his exploitative employer, Shyamrao, and two clerks, Jawdekar and Bawdekar. Trapped between sensuous longings and the sordid reality of their humdrum existence, they seek redemption in make-believe. Layers of space and time interweave and overlap in this powerfully haunting play, in which dreams and fantasy inevitably turn into night-mares. Begum Barve in the original Marathi was directed by the playwright himself; it has also been performed in Hindi and Gujarati adaptations. "This new edition supplements the text with a critical essay and a note on the songs by Urmila Bhirdikar, translator, critic, musicologist, vocalist and Reader, Department of English, Pune University; an interview with the playwright by Shubhada Shelke, scholar and commentator on Marathi theatre; and a note by Amal Allana, who directed the play in Hindi.
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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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Title Begum Barve
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.2003
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8170462088
length xxx+81p., Appendices.