Old Stone Mansion

(Wada Chirebandi)

Mahesh Elkunchwar

Translated by Kamal Sanyal


5.5 x 8.5 inches, xi + 62pp. 1989

ISBN : 9788170460688

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In Old Stone Mansion, a play widely staged in the original Marathi and in several other Indian languages, Mahesh Elkunchwar takes a close look at one of those old families still struggling against time in some small town or village, trying desperately to hold on to the tenuous bonds that once kept such a family together, even as the big city in the distance lured it and the inevitable individual yearnings pulled the members of the family apart-a phenomenon so common in India today. Elkunchwar sees history in action, and steers clear of the sentimental, to produce a document of social change, striking in its authenticity. 

Mahesh Elkunchwar is a veteran Marathi playwright, whose plays have been performed in various Indian languages. He has received several prestigious national awards and fellowships including the Homi Bhaba Fellowship (1976-78), the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1989), the Sahitya Akademi Award (2002) and the Saraswati Samman (2002).


A social activist and award-winning translator based in Calcutta, Kamal Sanyal (1922-2014) was well versed in four major Indian languages—Gujarati, Marathi, Bangla and Hindi—and translated between these languages with equal fluency. Her English translations include major Gujarati and Marathi works and childrens stories from Gujarat and Bengal.

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