ISBN : 8170460344
Rs 150.00 (PB)
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 secularized 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. 'Through kambar, the dramatist has once again become the poet tooâ€¦ [His] work springs from the soil and yet assimilates modernismâ€¦kambar is unique. The staging of this play was an overwhelming experience.-B.V.Karanth.