Author: Vijay Tendulkar
Publisher: Seagull Books
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8170460034
The widely known play in English translation from original Marathi retains its racy vigor and musical charm- all that went to make the production a hit.
Vijay Tendulkar, best known for his emotionally charged protest plays and filmscripts, chooses a different genre for Ghasiram Kotwal - that of the musical historical. Set in Maharashtra the late eighteenth century, it recounts a power game played out in terms of caste ascendancy in politics. The work draws on several Maharashtra folk styles, and has an obvious relevance in the context of individuals playing the game of politics, taking advantage of situations, rising to power, and crashing to impotence at the whims of more powerful players in the same game - a typical phenomenon in almost any political complex.
The play is widely known in its Theatre Academy production directed by Jabbar Patel, with more than three hundred performances to its credit, in India and abroad.
This edition also contains a production case book, a biographical note on the playwright, and critical studies of the play.