Tara: A Play In Two Acts MOBI ó Tara: A MOBI
Synopsis Dan decides to write the story of his life It is his life as much as his twin sister s Tara, who is now dead He once was Chandan, a conjoined twin to Tara To write her story, rather lessen his guilt, he starts reminiscing about their past, from when they were fourteenReview Chandan and Tara were Siamese twins, conjoined from the chest down, who were operated upon when they were three months old by Dr Umakant Thakkar Dan imagines himself interviewing Dr Thakkar about themseSynopsis Dan decides to write the story of his life It is his life as much as his twin sister s Tara, who is now dead He once was Chandan, a conjoined twin to Tara To write her story, rather lessen his guilt, he starts reminiscing about their past, from when they were fourteenReview Chandan and Tara were Siamese twins, conjoined from the chest down, who were operated upon when they were three months old by Dr Umakant Thakkar Dan imagines himself interviewing Dr Thakkar about themselves, the Patel twins, whom he thinks of as a freak among freaks since their case is very, very rare.After their surgery, where they both lost a limb each, the two act play follows what all they faced in their lives, the discrimination, the sidelong glances, the awful words they had to hear, and the way Tara took it all in her stride with a pinch of salt and a sprinkling of humour.Mahesh Dattani credits this play s commercial success to Alyque Padamsee and Lillette Dubey If you are familiar with the Indian theatre scene, you cannot not have heard this trio s names Starting from the Preface, Dattani s writing has a sense of the real world, a world I know and inhabit It wouldn t be wrong to say that he is ahead of his times, introducing and writing about things and presenting them in a country where it was unheard of or hushed up in embarrassing silences.I am hugely excited and curious to know what the future holds for me and my art in the new millennium in a country that has myriad challenges to face politically, socially, artistically and culturally Where does one begin By ending this preface and carrying on with the business of holding a mirror up to society.A Note on the text prepares us for what we re about to read or rather visualize Erin Mee, a theatre director, points out Dattani writes plays to be seen and heard, not literature to be read.I wonder how nice it would have been to include a trip to see the play that we study as a part of our syllabus One instance I can think of is the overlapping scenes if I am interpreting it correctly where two simultaneous actions are being carried out It is as surreal as it is magical, and something I haven t observed in any other play before.Tara is such a dynamic play, wherethan reality what we get to see is the play of memory and flashback, with so many themes brought together succinctly From the stereotypical gender roles to family conflict, from dealing with disability and its consequences to the sick hilarity the neighbour s children find in the Patel family Theirs is a marriage of cultures, Gujarati weds Kannada And as they settle down in Bombay, their neighbour s language, the funny accents or the misspoken and mispronounced words, there is such a flavour of Indianness in all of it And when the prejudicial jokes are cracked, it gives us food for thought Then there is a dark secret that the parents are harbouring, something to do with Chandan and Tara s present condition.I particularly like how Dattani incorporated movies and music into the play Especially the music which blended in beautifully with the narrative Brahms It has his quality of high tragedy and romance of youth bursting forth in the world with all its claims A spring like freshness.It is a poignant play about what life could have been There is an element of suspense too, surrounding the Patel couple And the revelation, after going through the entire play, left me with a thousand different feelings.Those who survive are those who do not defy the gravity of others And those who desire even a moment of freedom, find themselves hurled into space, doomed to crash with some unknown force.I look forward to reading all of his works now Even if I don t know how and when I will get to see them on stage.P.S Listening to Brahms Concerto will enhance the reading experience, especially if you are unable to watch it.Originally posted on Shaina s Musings A drama that uses space and time in an excellent way, and includes specific music in its writing which I listened to, as and when it started and faded out It truly enhanced my experience of reading and made me feel like I truly saw a performance on stage.A beautiful piece that deals with complexities of human nature and gender based partiality in our society, which comes with its own guilts and trauma Would definitely like to readof his plays. It was a good enough read I have realised I don t like dramas much because of the dry language The form just doesn t appeal me, and since I ve never seen one professionally enacted on stage, maybe the aversion isWhatever the reason, had to read this for class, so did The plot is good one, and I loved the non linearity of time The plot revolves around two conjoined twins Tara and Chandan who were separated a few months after birth in a very complicated and revolutionary surgery Howeve It was a good enough read I have realised I don t like dramas much because of the dry language The form just doesn t appeal me, and since I ve never seen one professionally enacted on stage, maybe the aversion isWhatever the reason, had to read this for class, so did The plot is good one, and I loved the non linearity of time The plot revolves around two conjoined twins Tara and Chandan who were separated a few months after birth in a very complicated and revolutionary surgery However, there is a secret that the parents have maintained from the children, and the guilt of that drives the actions of the characters of the play The actions of both Tara and Chandan emerge from such emotional places at times that I sat there awed And I have a feeling that Chandan was sort of an antagonistic character here, but I like himthan I do Tara who was a little too insensitive and mean at times Overall, the writing was okay, except for one sentence that was literal translation of a Hindi dialogue and sounded so crass when read in English There was a certain amount of wit and humour that I loved The characters were also drawn brilliantly and the character histories were ample as well One of the best plays that discuss gender performativity All the characters are highly political It raises too many questions with regard to sexual marginalization, misogyny, power and disability studies Dattani s play is full of life. Tara and Chandan have always been close They were, after all, born as conjoined twins But a horrific revelation drives a wedge between the siblings, plunging Chandan into a cycle of guilt and blame from which he cannot escape One of Mahesh Dattani s most popular works, Tara was also one of the first Indian plays in English to highlight the dangers of gender discrimination, and the insidious ways in which it operates in our society One of the best plays I have ever read It was heart touching and heart breaking at the same time I loved the casual yet gloomy tone he had Mahesh Dattani is truly a master in his craft It s so hard to explain the emotions I was going through as a reader The feelings transcended from the pages of the play to the heart of the readers for sure I would love to watch it in real life The set up was so unique to his style of writing I just loved it so much I am shattered I died reading this painful masterpiece I feel hollow from inside It s the weirdest feeling I ever encountered in my life Mahesh Dattani is the Lord of playwriting I could see faces, hear voices everything was in front of my eyes even when I haven t seen its recitation But unfortunately, I am dead Something happened to me I just don t know what. it s a fascinating tale of perspectives, memories, gender discrimination, patriarchy, familial expectations, domestic relations, and many others in a dense fashion that is jarring and probably the intention of the playwright. The stage is used well as is lighting The theme of the play is hardly touched by any other playwright The plot construction is really good as is the story Tara is really one of the best and meaningful works of literature. First read of 2020, technically I m kinda overwhelmed.