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Bhupen Khakhar (Katha trailblazer series) Hardcover – August 1, 2002

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  • Series: Katha trailblazer series
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Katha (August 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8187649127
  • ISBN-13: 978-8187649120
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,231,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By krebsman VINE VOICE on September 11, 2003
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The late Bhupen Khakhar was, in my opinion, one of the great artists of the final years of 20th Century. In Timothy Hyman's overview of his life and career, it states that although Khakhar made no money from his play, MAUJILA MANILAL, he wrote and produced it because he felt he had to. I really didn't expect Khakhar to be much of a writer. (I've read Picasso's attempt at playwriting.) I was really surprised and delighted by the play, despite parts of it being incomprehensible without a glossary [more on that later]. The play shows the same zany sensibility that animates Khakhar's artwork. Khakhar also has a sense of dramatic construction that is almost unknown among novice playwrights. (Surely he had written other plays before that I just don't know about.) MAUJILA MANILAL is a comedy about a middle-aged bachelor who seduces two married women, although the protagonist is the husband of one of the women. There is an off-the-wall sense of humor combined with a spiritual sensibility and a rich sense of irony. I'd love to see the play produced, but the translation (by Bini Srinivasan) still needs a great deal of work. Also included in the volume are four of Khakhar's short stories, which deal mostly with the lives of the Indian petit bourgeois. I found the stories really interesting. Maganbhai's Glue (translated by Naushil Mehta) is a really funny comedy with a rather provocative twist at the end. Pages From a Diary (translated by Ganesh Devy) is interesting in its depiction of an unspoken homosexual courtship. Both Vadki (translated by Naushil Mehta) and Phoren Soap (translated by Ganesh Devy and Naushil Mehta) deal with the effects of a mundane object upon a married couple and a community. All of the stories have a Chekhovian sense of irony.Read more ›
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