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Eleanor Zelliot Translator. Jayant Karve Translator. Ghashiram Kotwal is a Marathi play written by playwright Vijay Tendulkar in as a response to the rise of a local political party, Shiv Sena, in Maharashta. The play is a political satire, written as historical drama. Based on the life of Nana Phadnavis — , one of the prominent ministers in the court of the Peshwa of Pune. Its theme is how men in power give ri Ghashiram Kotwal is a Marathi play written by playwright Vijay Tendulkar in as a response to the rise of a local political party, Shiv Sena, in Maharashta.
Its theme is how men in power give rise to ideologies to serve their purposes, and later destroy them when they become useless. Get A Copy. Paperback , Reprinted , 95 pages. Published by Seagull Books Private Limited first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions 8. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Ghashiram Kotwal , please sign up.
Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Ghashiram Kotwal. There are a few texts for which one passes the rest of their days in grief; this grief is not as much for its content as it's for its widespread reach. I wish more people could read it and live their harsh lives in it.
Vijay Tendulkar's theatrics has won me a thousand times over. Ghasiram Kotwal is about a lot of things and I am still clueless as to how to do justice to a play which contains so much in such numbered pages. No matter what period we are in, it will always be contemporary. The abus There are a few texts for which one passes the rest of their days in grief; this grief is not as much for its content as it's for its widespread reach.
The abuse of power, the division in society, the treatment of women, a relay of a disturbed simultaneous existence between state and individual - Ghasiram Kotwal , in less than hundred pages, deals with all these and more. Within the framework of tamasha , the play weaves a tale of corruption and power with memorable characters.
The attention to minute details is unforgettable and the connection between the begining and end, porous. Sep 24, Kasturi rated it really liked it. One of the finest satire in Marathi Literature, the ploy is staged in Poona when the Brahmins ruled the society.
Tendulkar has used a well know story involving historical figures to comment on the creation of monsters for temporary gain, leading to inequity, brutality, and ultimate destruction.
Using Nana and Ghashiram, Tendulkar weaves a political allegory, and critiques the current political scenario. Folk art is the very soul of this play. It belongs to the Sangeet Natak genre of Marathi folk One of the finest satire in Marathi Literature, the ploy is staged in Poona when the Brahmins ruled the society.
It belongs to the Sangeet Natak genre of Marathi folk theatre. Ingredients borrowed from folk theatre include the Tamasha, Lavani love ballads , Abhanga and Kirtan devotional songs.
Very witty satire. Again this play will definitely make you think about the actual notion of the term "poetic justice". The very intense look of Nana can be taken as an instrument of torment and on the other hand, the innocent demeanor of Gauri plays a crucial role in the drama and Ghasiram is oscillating between the two.
An interesting read! Jan 13, Shinde rated it liked it Shelves: marathi-books. Theatre drama dated to Peshwa days. Bandopadhyay says in his foreword - Tin Gods often crumble. In their short career they vitiate the politics to an extent where political focus veers around personalities - a dangerous trend for any polity that claims to be a democracy. How true that rings till date! That's what defines the timelessness o Theatre drama dated to Peshwa days.
Sep 05, Vanessa rated it really liked it. An extra star for not using props and being culturally rich. Reading from a feministic perspective, the play serves authenticity portraying women and their life during that period within the historical context. It is unique as it includes folk culture and political witty satire. This was the first play I've ever read and studied--which in retrospect seems very unfair for any other play to live up tand it's still as magical and lyrical as it was nine years ago.
I remain in awe of how much Tendulkar's sutradhar is able to convey in so little. Nov 15, Sayantani Dasgupta rated it really liked it. This play is one of the most landmark and controversial plays in India. I was happy to get a chance to read for it examines how corruption permeates all layers of civic society and how quickly power corrupts. Feb 03, Akanksha G. A witty satire that highlights the oppression of the ruling class. Lyrical, humourous. Highly recommended. Jan 20, Shobhana Nagarkatti rated it really liked it.
Ghashiram Kotwal and Nana Phadnavis both characters are real. GK's suspicious appt, his behaviour, the wrongful death of the South Indian Brahmins also real.
But the depiction of NP is wrong. One could say that his appointee above the kotwal erred. But NP, original descendant of Satara, ignored Pune and was involved in the larger politics. He was based in Kanpur and was adopted by the last Bajirao. He held the Peshwai together. He was loyal, remained the favoured minister, administered the large Ghashiram Kotwal and Nana Phadnavis both characters are real.
He was loyal, remained the favoured minister, administered the large Empire, he wasn't seditious, he along with a band of loyalists kept the Empire together. Also he, Manikarnika newalkar, Tatya tope, etc were part of the first freedom uprising, joining the sepoy revolt of Ofcourse, the entire country had not then been awakened to this consciousness, the EIC won small battles to rule for yrs more.
Having said this, the reality of uncaring, inhuman main authority remains true even today. The encouragement of sychophant, wrong ruling due wrong decision-makers. All of this is true in small formats in companies and in large formats in countries. The talk by the music director between acts is right on many counts, where he pointed out the similarities by UK and USA , and their installation of puppets This is one of the best Political and Social satires ever , on level with some of the others like Animal Farm and The nexus between religion, money and the power it exudes is brilliantly depicted by the playwright.
This is an iconic Indian play and a terrific read. Gayathri Jagannathan rated it liked it Dec 22, Sachin rated it liked it Jun 29, Arpita rated it really liked it Dec 10,
45 years on, Ghashiram Kotwal lives on in the memories of theatre lovers
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It was written by the great Vijay Tendulkar who died 2 days ago on 19 May It was a wonderful play and I remember seeing it in one of the Bombay theatres. The opening scene, if I remember, was the chorus by the Pune Brahmana Mandali. Thanks to the inernet for the pictures. Ghashiram Kotwal is a Marathi play written by playwright Vijay Tendulkar in , as his response to the rise of a local political party, Shiv Sena, in Maharashta. The play is a political satire, written as historical drama.