THEATER AND HEALTH EDUCATION: REPRESENTATION IN SELECT PLAYS OF MAHESH DATTANI

Asoke Howlader, Arindam Modak, Subrata Saha
2021 Psychology (Savannah, Ga.)  
Theater plays a crucial role to represent the life and manners of a particular society. It acts as an informal tool for developing consciousness and promoting empowerment through education. Contemporary theater in India is no exception to this. It has the efficacy to build critical awareness among common people in general and women in particular. It critiques the social inequality and opens up the scope for bringing consciousness about gendered violence prevalent in contemporary Indian society.
more » ... From 1970s onwards, the emergence of urbanization and industrialization had offered various opportunities for people irrespective of gender differences. Yet, it could not suppress the 'other side' of violence in Indian society. Mahesh Dattani, a pioneer in the world of modern Indian English Theater, is highly regarded as a social critic of contemporary urban life and manners. He sincerely presents dysfunctional families, individual dilemmas and societal problems, and gender issues including forbidden issues in his plays. As a conscious dramatist, Dattani reveals childhood maltreatment in his plays which focus on physical and mental illnesses among victims. He tries to sensitize the common people by representing the impact of discrimination on health as it is seen to be fatal in women. The present paper intends to analyze the impact of gender bias on women's health as represented by Mahesh Dattani in his plays – "Tara" and "Thirty days in September." In doing so, it embraces the educational implication of dramas through theater.
doi:10.17762/pae.v58i2.2668 fatcat:rehzm5sdbzanldcg2osujsh4ra