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  • The King Who Got Lost
    A Historical Play about Mummadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar

    Young Mummadi, put on the throne by the British after the last Mysore war in 1799, was brought up under the watchful guidance of the far-sighted and shrewd Dowager Maharani Lakshmammanni. After falling into the hands of the powerful and politically experienced Dewan Purnaiah, he had a tortuous and tortured life. The young prince was never able to outgrow the influence of two of these mentors. To add to this, Mummadi, fell prey to an easy and rather voluptuous life. He was married but in addition to his many wedded consorts, he was caught in the spying and quarrelsome domestic life. Mummadi could never, despite valiant efforts, free himself and grow into a self-confident king.

    The pressures of the ruthless British administration and the local, disruptive, and rebellious chieftains made Mummadi’s life a sad, tragic tale bordering on the ridiculous and the pathetic.

  • Aparichita (Camus – The Stranger)

    ಪ್ರಕಾಶ್ ನಾಯಕ್ ಉತ್ತರ ಕನ್ನಡ ಜಿಲ್ಲೆಯ ಹನೇಹಳ್ಳಿಯವರು. ಓದಿದ್ದು ಇಲೆಕ್ಟ್ರಿಕಲ್ ಇಂಜಿನಿಯರಿಂಗ್. ಉತ್ತರ ಕ್ಯಾಲಿಫೋರ್ನಿಯಾದ ಕುಪರ್ಟಿನೋದಲ್ಲಿ ವಾಸ. ಸಾಂತಾ ಕ್ಲಾರಾದಲ್ಲಿನ ಮಾರ್ವೆಲ್ ಸೆಮಿಕಂಡಕ್ಟರ್ ಕಂಪನಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರಾಜೆಕ್ಟ್ ಮ್ಯಾನೇಜರ್ ಆಗಿ ಉದ್ಯೋಗದಲ್ಲಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಅಮೆರಿಕದ ಕನ್ನಡ ಕೂಟ, ಅಕ್ಕ, ಕನ್ನಡ ಸಾಹಿತ್ಯ ರಂಗಗಳ ಪ್ರಕಟಣೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಸಂಪಾದಕರಾಗಿ ಕಾರ್ಯನಿರ್ವಹಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಅಮೂರ್ತ ಚಿತ್ತ- ಕಥಾಸಂಕಲನ, ಅಂತು – ಕಾದಂಬರಿ ಇವರ ಪ್ರಕಟಿತ ಕೃತಿಗಳು. ಇವರ ಕಥೆಗಳು ಮಯೂರ, ಉದಯವಾಣಿ ಮತ್ತಿತರ ನಿಯತಕಾಲಿಕಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರಕಟವಾಗಿವೆ.

  • Gombi Madhvi

    ಉತ್ತರ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದ ಸಂಸ್ಕೃತಿಗೆ ಕನ್ನಡಿ ಹಿಡಿಯುವ ಈ ಕೃತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಬಡ, ಮುಗ್ಧ ಹುಡುಗಿಯೊಬ್ಬಳ ಕನಸುಗಳು, ಮಾನವೀಯತೆಯನ್ನು ಮೆರೆಯುವ ಹಲವು ಪಾತ್ರಗಳ ನಡುವೆ ವಿಧಿಯ ಕೈವಾಡದಿಂದ ಚದುರಿ ಹೋಗುವ, ಅಂತಃಕರಣವನ್ನು ಕಲಕುವ ಚಿತ್ರಣವಿದೆ. ಸ್ಥಳೀಯ ನಂಬಿಕೆ-ಆಚರಣೆ, ಆಶೋತ್ತರಗಳನ್ನು ದಟ್ಟವಾಗಿ ಹೆಣೆದುಕೊಳ್ಳುತ್ತ ಒಂದು ಪುಟ್ಟ ವಿಶ್ವವನ್ನೇ ಈ ನಾಟಕ ಸೃಷ್ಟಿಸುತ್ತದೆ. ರೇವತಿ ನಾಡಗೀರ ಅವರ ಚೊಚ್ಚಲ ಕೃತಿಯಾದ ಇದರಲ್ಲಿ, ಅವರ ಸಹೃದಯತೆ, ಉತ್ತರ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದ ಸಂಸ್ಕೃತಿಯ ಅನುಭವ ಎದ್ದು ಕಾಣುತ್ತದೆ.

  • Phedra

    ರಾಸೀನ್‍ನ ಫೀದ್ರಾ ನಾಟಕವು ಪಾಶ್ಚಿಮಾತ್ಯ ನಾಟಕ ಸಾಹಿತ್ಯದಲ್ಲೇ ಒಂದು ಆಯಕಟ್ಟಿನ ಕೃತಿ. ಗ್ರೀಕ್ ಮತ್ತು ಎಲಿಜಬೆಥನ್ ನಾಟಕಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಕಾಣಸಿಗದ ಹೊಸ ಬಗೆಯ ಮನೋಲೋಕವೊಂದನ್ನು ತನ್ನ ಪಾತ್ರಗಳಿಗೆ ಧಾರಣೆ ಮಾಡಿಸಿದ ಈ ನಾಟಕವು ಆ ಮೂಲಕವೇ ಈ ಪರಂಪರೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಮನೋವಿಜ್ಞಾನಕ್ಕೆ ಒಂದು ಖಾಯಂ ಸ್ಥಾನವನ್ನು ಒದಗಿಸಿಕೊಟ್ಟಿತು. ಮುಂದೆ ಬಹುತೇಕ ಪಾಶ್ಚಿಮಾತ್ಯ ನಾಟಕಗಳು ಈ ಪರಂಪರೆಯನ್ನು ಮುಂದುವರಿಸಿದವು; ರಂಗಭೂಮಿಯಲ್ಲೂ ಮನೋಲೋಕವನ್ನು ಮುಂದಕ್ಕೆ ತರುವ ವಿಭಿನ್ನ ಪ್ರಯೋಗಗಳಿಗೆ ಈ ಪರಂಪರೆಯು ಚಾಲ್ತಿ ನೀಡಿತು. ಈ ಸಂಪ್ರದಾಯಕ್ಕೆ ವಿರೋಧಿಯಾದ ಫ್ರಾನ್ಸಿನ ಪ್ರಸಿದ್ಧ ರಂಗಕರ್ಮಿ ಆಂತೋನಿನ್ ಆರ್ತೋನ ಮಾತುಗಳನ್ನು ಕೇಳುವುದಾದರೆ, ಪಾಶ್ಚಿಮಾತ್ಯ ರಂಗಭೂಮಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ‘ಸೈಕಾಲಜಿಯ ದುರ್ಬೀಜ’ ಬಿತ್ತಿದ ಕೃತಿ ಇದು! ಹಾಗಿರುವುದರಿಂದ, ನಾವು ಈ ನಾಟಕವನ್ನು ಹೇಗೇ ಓದಲಿ, ಓದದೆ ಇದ್ದರೆ ಅಷ್ಟರ ಮಟ್ಟಿಗೆ ಪಾಶ್ಚಾತ್ಯ ನಾಟಕ ಸಂಪ್ರದಾಯದ ಅರಿವು ಅಪೂರ್ಣ. ಅಂಥ ಪ್ರಮುಖ ನಾಟಕವೊಂದು ಇನ್ನೂ ಕನ್ನಡಕ್ಕೆ ಬಾರದೆ ಉಳಿದಿತ್ತು; ಆ ಲೋಪವನ್ನು ಈ ಅನುವಾದವು ಸಮರ್ಥವಾಗಿಯೇ ತುಂಬಿಸಿದೆ. ಮೂಲದ ನಿಷ್ಠೆಯೊಂದಿಗೆ ಭಾಷಾಗಾಂಭೀರ್ಯ ಮತ್ತು ಮಾತಿನ ಸುಭಗತೆ ಎರಡನ್ನೂ ಒಟ್ಟಿಗೇ ಹಿಡಿಯಲು ಯತ್ನಿಸಿರುವ ಈ ಅನುವಾದವನ್ನು ನಾನು ತುಂಬು ಮನಸ್ಸಿನಿಂದ ಸ್ವಾಗತಿಸುತ್ತೇನೆ.

  • U-Turn

    The Marathi play. U-Turn has won millions of hearts with more than 585 shows across Maharashtra and beyond. Its translation in Gujarathi has seen more than 115 shows and the one in Hindi over 50 shows. This success encouraged Prof Neeta Inamdar to take up the translation of this work in Kannada with the support of Mrs Savita Sastri. The play has only two characters throughout and has a couple of voices other than the two who are on the stage for the entire duration. The central idea of the play is the differences in the acceptance of modernity and the conflicts associated with this in two different generations. A companionship between a divorced army Major and a widow both in their late 50s is resisted by their children and expressed in different ways though they embrace modernity for themselves. Neeta Inamdar is the Head at the Department of European Studies (DES) at Manipal University (MU) and the Chief Editor of Manipal University Press (MUP). Music and theatre are her interests that made her take up this work with the assistance of Mrs Savita Sastri. Savita Sastri is a woman entrepreneur from Manipal, who also facilitates funds for Baba Amte?s Anandavana. She is a voracious reader of books and plays in Marathi, Hindi and English, who extended her support towards this translation project.

  • English Drama on the Bombay Stage in the Late Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century

    Theatre in Mumbai or colonial Bombay emerged at a time when the city was still finding its own contours and taking shape. ?Theatre? in the sense of the art form and the word that we know today, which has been comfortably incorporated in almost all Indian languages also took shape during this early period. Kumudini Arvind Mehta?s doctoral dissertation, submitted to the University of Bombay, now known as University of Mumbai is being published in the form of this book. It navigates the journey of ?theatre? starting with the early ?amateur theatre? at Bombay Green in the late eighteenth century. Today we know this area as the Horniman Circle in Mumbai. She traces the origins of professional theatre in colonial Bombay to the amateur exercises of the English inhabitants, the Parsi businessmen and the English educated local inhabitants of the city. She painstakingly goes through newspaper articles and announcements, old journals, property papers, old maps etc., to weave the narrative of ?theatre? that shapes the legacy of the art form that was either inherited or rejected by later artists. Mehta?s work is significant not only for the study of ?theatre? but also to understand colonial sociability and the role of the English language in this regard. Sharmistha Saha, the editor of the book has given it its present shape. She has primarily updated citations, incorporated information on current research as also images of the erstwhile theatre districts wherever applicable.

  • Kannada Theatre History 1850-1950: A Sourcebook

    This source book on Kannada theatre history is a valuable contribution to the larger field of Indian Theatre Studies. Avoiding the shortcuts of an overview or a Wikipedia-like assemblage of information, it delves into the lives, histories, struggles, debates and anecdotes surrounding some of the most pioneering figures in the shaping of Kannada theatre between 1850-1950. The selection of primary sources, most of which are being made available in English for the first time, is nothing short of a revelation in the way it illuminates insights into the actual making and thinking of theatre practice. Here we have a model of how the construct of ?Indian Theatre? can be textured, inflected, individuated and problematized at regional, local and intracultural levels. ? Rustom Bharucha .This book is a labour of love by scholars who not only love Kannada theatre, but want to pass on their enjoyment of it. Delving deep into folklore oral history, local history, gossip debate and discourse, the editors bring out the world of Kannada theatres in pluralistic terms. Scholarship and playfulness combine to create a powerful act of storytelling where the book itself mimics the career of Kannada theatre. As an anthology it becomes an initiation rite, an introduction to all the great figures, not as hagiography but as nuanced analysis. Big questions and little questions combine to create both a sense of combativeness and a wonderful feeling of homecoming. Like tricksters, they break the binaries of tradition and modernity, treating it almost like a bad play which needs new scripts and new performers. A wonderful anthology. A deeply desi book, with all the cosmopolitanism of world theatre. ? Shiv Visvanathan

  • Two Plays – The Sahyadri Saga and The World of Swayamvara

    Author: Translator: Jayanth Kodkani

    These two plays negotiate with the real problems of contemporary India. If Sahyadri Kanda is about the ripples caused in the life of the people in a village on the Western Coast which will soon have a nuclear plant, Swayamvaraloka, is an allegorical narrative set in a small village that extends to include the larger contemporary world. Both the plays dwell on the seeming binaries of village-city, success-failure, modern-traditional while examining the nature of human relationships in the changing world. These plays also reflect an ambition to elevate the real experience to a mythical level. While most playwrights attempt to echo contemporary concerns by reinterpreting history and mythology, for these plays, the epics, their grandeur, the struggle, the wars are not episodes that happen in kingdoms and palaces and battlefields, they are also that which takes place in the microworld of one’s consciousness. Each character in these plays find their own dharma, yet it offers no model for the reader, and remains only a pointer to the complex process of finding it.

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  • Decolonial Existence and Urban Sensibility: A Study on Mahesh Elkunchwar

    The book Decolonial Existence and Urban Sensibility: A Study on Mahesh Elkunchwar meticulously reflects upon some of the selected translated plays of Marathi playwright Mahesh Elkunchwar. It revolves around the themes of decolonial existence and urban sensibility in contemporary India as portrayed in his plays with respect to post-independent urban existence, socio-cultural existence and gender. The book also looks forward to establish a counterargument against the idealized and totalitarian definitions of West-centric existentialist philosophy, and establish indigenous dimensions of decolonial existence within specific contexts. It dismantles the colonially structured existing binaries of urban/rural, ethical/unethical and high culture/low culture through the diverse portrayal of human relationships in contemporary India and broadly addresses two inter-mingled perspectives. Firstly, it outlines the thematic and dramatic perspectives of the selected plays of Mahesh Elkunchwar and secondly, it explores the multi-dimensional philosophical perspectives that encapsulate the theoretical latitude of decoloniality and urban sensibility