Dance Like a Man: A Stage Play in Two Acts by Mahesh DattaniJairaj Parekh and his wife Ratna, aging Bharatnatyam dancers, are engaged in finding a substitute mridangam player to accompany their daughter Lata at her performance at a high-profile dance festival. Lata, in the meantime, nervously awaits the meeting between her parents and Viswas, the young man she wishes to marry. When the four meet, and in the conversations and discussions that follow, the fissures in the relationship between Jairaj and Ratna begin to explode into high-strung battles which lead back to their own youth and the tragedy that lies at the heart of their discord. The younger couple have their own issues to contend with: the obvious mismatch between the two sets of parents, the arguments over Latas career as a dancer after marriage and most unsettling of all, Latas attempt to balance her parents ambition with her own needs and desires. A brilliant study of human relationships and weaknesses framed by the age-old battle between tradition and youthful rebellion, Dance Like a Man has been hailed as one of the best works of the dramatic imagination in recent times.
The different facets of dancing in "Dance Like a Man" by Mahesh Dattani
The play can be read as a configuration of the characteristic grip of human identity that strongly interfaces the elements of identical autonomy and autonomous identity. Much like R. Amritlal cannot tolerate his son to be professionally a dancer because such profession is categorically restricted for the women. As far as the gender issues of our socio-political status are concerned Jairaj cannot be a dancer because there is a coincidental conflict between a manly man and a professionally dancer. The basic unwritten laws of gender identities that are prevalent in our hegemonic society prevent Jairaj to choose dance as his profession. But there is no problem for Lata or Ratna to grab dance as their profession because virtually they are female beings. Some particular roles have strictly been prescribed for men and women separately and categorically.
I high appreciate this post., Post a Comment. The play Dance Like a Man tells the story of three generations; their personal ambitions, sacrifices, struggle, compromises, internal conflicts and the way they try to cope up with the life; and mainly focuses on a dancing couple.
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