Rudali :
From Fiction to Performance

Mahasweta Devi

Translated by Anjum Katyal


5.5 x 8.5 inches, 161pp. 1999

ISBN : 9788170461388

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Rudali is a powerful short story by Mahasweta Devi. Revolving around the life of Sanichari, a poor lowcaste woman, it is an ironic tale of exploitation, struggle and survival. In 1992, it was adapted into a play by Usha Ganguli, a leading theatre director of Calcutta, and instantly became one of the most acclaimed productions of its time. Both the short story and the play are included in this volume. 

Mahasweta Devi is one of India's foremost writers. Her powerful fiction has won her recognition in the form of the Sahitya Akademi (1979), Jnanpith (1996) and Ramon Magsaysay (1996) awards, amongst several other literary honours. She was also awarded the Padmasree in 1986, for her activist work amongst dispossessed tribal communities. 


Anjum Katyal is a writer and editor based in Calcutta. She has several translations to her credit.

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