Vol. 4, Issue 3 (2017)
Retrieval of Indian culture and tradition in the fire and the rain
Author(s): C Tamil Selvi, D Jeyanthi
Abstract: Drama being an audiovisual medium of expression has been a very effective and powerful genre in the world literature. Indian Drama has development of drama from Greece, Roman, England and India give special importance upon the fact that is has always been an included as part of a whole culture, highlighting and value of moral commitments, religious convictions, philosophical approaches, and social and political changes in various countries. The origin of Indian drama can thus be traced back to the Vedic period. The long history of thousand years, Indian drama is a unique phenomenon in the literary world. The nature of English drama changed once again, from being other art from the European life style, to put on display Indian culture and tradition and spread the ideas of freedom, and after independence it is being a broader representation of the social political and economic life of the country. Girish karnad is the most renowned media personality in the contemporary India, leading playwright and a very skillful practioner of the performing arts. His plays are primarily written in Kannada and then translated into other languages. The English translations of his plays are his own. He has enriched the Indian literary scene by his contribution to art, culture, theatre and drama. But the most significant contribution which he has made to Indian English drama is his attempt to retrieve the cultural and mythological rich tradition of the Indian past. In his plays we find that he returns to the roots and tries to revive the local culture and tradition. India is a post-colonial nation having its own distinct culture and colonial histories. It is also multicultural in character in that it has a strong presence of indigenous traditions, culture and ethos which are unfortunately submerged and subjugated by the imported culture of Europe. Girish karnad is one such dramatist who makes an attempt to retrieve the treasure of culture and tradition.