Beyond the Land of Hattamala
and Scandal in Fairyland
Translated by Suchanda Sarkar
5.5 x 8.5 inches, x + 58pp. 2003
ISBN : 9788170460916
Rs 150.00 (PB)
These lively plays use witty, tongue-in-cheek comedy to communicate relevant social messages. In Beyond the Land of Hattamala, Kena and Becha, two impudent thieves, jump into a river to escape being caught, and get washed up on the shores of a never-never land where buying and selling are alien concepts, since everyone works unitedly and everything belongs to the entire community, to be used and consumed as needed. Several hilarious misadventures follow as the pair adjusts to the situation.
In Scandal in Fairyland a street-smart newspaper boy vends the Daily Fairy Green which carries fresh news of the heroic Prince Thunderbolt, who is a champion at beheading ogres which threaten kingdoms. As the action unfolds we discover wheels within wheels, double-dealing and behind-the-scenes fixing. It all however ends happily in true fairytale fashion.
Born in 1925, Badal Sircar has been the recipient of several national awards and honours including the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, Padma Shree, Kalidas Samman, Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship, and Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship.
Suchanda Sarkar is a translator and teacher who lives and works in Calcutta.
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