ISSN: (Online) 2321 -4155
ISSN: (Print) 2320 -7000

JOURNAL OF INDIAN RESEARCH
VOLUME : 3, ISSUE : 1, January-March, 2015 (ISSN No. : 2321-4155)
 
TREATMENT OF WOMEN AS SLAVES IN VIJAY TENDULKAR’S ‘KAMALA’
Shikha Goyal & Dr. Mohd. Nazzar
 
ABSTRACT
Kamala is a naturalistic play which is inspired by a real-life incident. Ashwin Sarin, a correspondent of The Indian Express actually buys a girl from a rural flesh market of village Shivpuri in M.P. for Rs. 2,300/- and presents her at a press conference. He then wrote series of articles in May, 1981 in the Indian Express. Vijay Tendulkar(1928-2008), the doyen of Marathi literature and a master drama-writer uses the play to dwell on the characteristic sufferings of the Indian middle class woman made to suffer by selfish, malicious and hypocritical male chauvinists. He presents his ideas about womanhood and proposes a feministic ideology which pits women in direct encounter with chauvinistic male oppressors. The playwright has intentionally given the women characters – Sarita and Kamala - a greater variety and depth . Kamala’s bold conversation with Sarita and then Sarita’s confident and assertive utterances towards the end of the play show that both have emerged as strong women, which Tendulkar wanted every Indian woman to be.
 
KEYWORD
Flesh market, Kamla, patriarchy, Press conference, Sarita.
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