Theme Of Transferred Resentments In The Context To Family Relations In Mahesh Dattani’s Final Solutions
European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine,
2020, Volume 7, Issue 3, Pages 535-537
AbstractIndian performance traditions have roots in ancient times. The flowering of those traditions in different directions and forms through the centuries has enriched Indian expressive systems although their development may not necessarily show any chronological or stylistic continuity. However, there are traces-tenuous, heterogeneous and hybrid-which are the crumbs that mark the genealogical networking of these varied foliations. But this is only to be expected as the centuries-old history of the vast subcontinent is fraught with radical changes and transformations. English plays gained more popularity through the following decades especially in the Presidency towns of Calcutta, Madras and Bombay and thrived with the patronage and participation of the officers of the East India Company. Plays by Shakespeare and other European dramatists becomes regular fare for playgoers. Such was the draw of these plays that sometimes actors and specially actresses were brought in from England. Gradually, more play houses were built and the audience began to include wealthy and literate Indians.
Mahesh Dattani has written many illustrious plays but his Final Solutions have been considered as the masterpiece among the other plays. It centers on the Hindu-Muslim problem Final Solutions foregrounds. It also tackles the theme of transferred resentment in the context to family relations. The large part of the play is good theatre and that makes it technically sound. The language is handled quite competently. Our present concern is with the play’s thematic side so let us focus on that. Dattani has attempted a neat balancing act when It comes to tracing the malady of communal disharmony to certain elements within both the communities-Hindu and Muslim. The diagnosis offered is also sound enough. Paid people cause riots or neither plays upon the susceptibilities of the two communities on certain key issues. The chorus is a good device to express the broad way in which the thinking of excitable elements within the two communities goes. Processions being taken out and then attacked and then relation somebody there always is who throws the first stone of the two communities are brought into focus.
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