Jokumaraswami, a phallic god of fertility worshipped in Karnataka, is identified with Basanna, the fearless peasant protagonist who stands up to the tyrannical feudal lord with tragic consequences, reliving the myth of the god in the person of the hero. In this secularised reworking of a religious myth, Chandrasekhar Kambar's vibrant, earthy play creatively uses the local folk theatre form of bayalaata blending worship, music, dance, song, narration, sex, death and religion to convey a powerfully contemporary anti-feudal message. Sirisampige, a philosophical play deals with the rift between the material and the spiritual, the body and the mind. Chandrasekhar Kambar uses the traditional religious Yakshagana performance form of his native Karnataka to present a secular play, blending the ageless and the contemporary in the unique manner he has made so much his own.
Chandrasekhar Kambar is an eminent poet, playwright, novelist, folklorist, film maker and composer of film music whose contribution to literature is immense. His works are inspired by folk tradition, particularly the folklore and mythology of Northern Karnataka which is richly woven into his writings. He draws upon the rich resources from popular speech and folklore with effortless ease. Over the years, he has perfected a symbolic form that effectively communicates his vision of human conditions through a theatrical language which derives its vitality from the life of the people and is yet distinctly individual. His award- winning plays have made a tremendous impact on contemporary Indian theatre. His repertoire includes plays, poetry collections, novels, research papers, as well as feature films and film music compositions. He has participated in the World Poetry Festival twice and has been felicitated with the Jnanpith Award, Sahitya Akademi Award, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award and the Padma Shri for Literature.
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Drama Texts, Plays & Screenplays
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Rajeev Taranath,Rowena Hill,K. P. Vasudevan,M. S. Ramaswamy