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Giving Away the Girl and Other Plays

Malini Bhattacharya (Author)
Synopsis A volume of three street plays from the women’s movement, written in the 1980s and widely performed as part of the vibrant cultural activism of the time, Giving Away the Girl and The monkey dance are both anti-dowry plays. Why all this bloodshed? was written in the wake of the landmark Shah Bano case in the mid-80s, centring around a Muslim woman’s right to maintenance. All the plays remain remarkably relevant, opening up key issues of the movement in a complex and nuanced manner, facilitating debate rather than offering simplistic solutions. Brought together for the first time with an introductory essay by the playwright and a note by filmmaker and activist Madhusree Dutt, who directed these plays, the book provides invaluable documentation of a significant period in the history of women’s activism in India. These plays have been translated from the Bengali by Sarmistha Dutta Gupta and Paramita Banerjee.
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Title Giving Away the Girl and Other Plays
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.2003
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8170461952
length xxx+56p., 23cm