Vol. 3, Issue 3 (2016)
Living the life of a transgender: A study on Mahesh Dattani’s “Seven steps around the fire”
Author(s): Rajeswari A, Thatchanamoorthy P
Abstract: Indian drama has reached its pinnacle in the hands of Mahesh Dattani. Unlike other Indian play writers, he writes his plays directly in English and addresses many socio-political issues of India. He dares to write about the marginalized homosexuals, lesbians, transgenders and socially oppressed women of the contemporary world. This paper attempts to trace the effective portrayal of the lives of transgenders in his play Seven Steps around the Fire. Transgenders are deprived of normal life and they are not allowed to marry a normal person and enter into family hood. Once a lonely transgender should live a lonely life till death; a cursed life. This prejudiced society fails to realize the fact that only this society gave them this piteous and so called low life. Ignoring this fact, the society misuses, mistreats and accuses them for being a transgender. Dattani takes up such characters to educate the world on their agonizing life.