The Adverse Influence Of Hegemonic Patriarchy On Women In The Plays Of Dattani: An Analysis

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Riyaz Mohammad , Dr.K.K.Sunalini , Ramesh Vijaya Babu K , Aruna Kumari Kanuri


Mahesh Dattani is a name that guided a faltering Indian English Drama on the path of reliability, steadfastness and distinct identity. A director, actor, dancer, teacher, and writer, he was born on August 7, 1958. He writes about the marginalized sections of our society such as minorities, women, gays, and transsexuals. His works deal with burning social issues of contemporary Indian society. One of the key issues that Dattani deals with in his plays is ‘Patriarchy’ which is a serious concern for the world in general and India in particular. Patriarchy is known as a socio-political system which makes the women inferior to men and allows men to exercise their power over women. Dattani finds fault with the treatment of women in the modern times. He feels that women still are not given complete freedom and exploited fully which makes them belong to the subaltern community. This paper is an attempt to analyse the struggle and plight of women caused due to Hegemonic Patriarchy. Two of Dattani’s most popular plays, ‘Where There is a Will’ and ‘Tara’ are chosen for study. This paper further attempts to study the dramatic devices through which Dattani elevates the socio psychological plight of women caused due to the domination of men.

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