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Dramas of Modern India: Asif Currimbhoy (1928 to 1994) 8 Plays

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Asif Currimbhoy dramatized social and political problems in contemporary India in these 8 plays.
  • One of few modern Indian playwrights writing in English, Currrimbhoy's plays have been produced in New York and other American cities.
  • Passionate concentration on India's social justice and political problems with a vivid theatrical social realism.

This offering  includes:

1. Three Plays by Asif Currimbhoy The Doldrummers, 1961; The Dumb Dancer, 1962; "Om," 1962.  Censorship problems for The Doldrummers brought Currimbhoy a great deal of public attention in India. Because the Doldrummers deals with an Indian dance drama there are four pages of glossy photos of Kathakali dancers.

Condition: The cover of this paperback is torn at the binding but still holds together well. The book measures 5 1/2 inches by 7  1/4 inches by 1/2 in and has 223 pages.

2. Thorns on a Canvas and The Captives, 1963, by Asif Currimbhoy is a paperback publication 5 inches by 7 1/4 inches by 3/8 inches and has 144 pages.  This book contains several black and white sketches with a decorated cover.

Condition: The pages are browned but firmly bound, the cover torn at the bottom and in fair condition.

3. Two Plays by Asif Currimbhoy: The Tourist Mecca and The Clock, 1991 is a hardcover book of 127 pages measuring 5 inches by 7 1/4 inches by 3/8 inches. 

Condition: Its red dust jacket is torn at the edges, but the book binding is firm and clean.

4. Angkor a TV play was self-published by Currimbhoy in 1973. It is a stapled paperback of 30 pages in good condition, measuring 5 1/2 inches by 8 3/4 inches.

Three stapled pamphlets describe the playwright and his work:
1. Asif Currimbhoy, Calcutta, 1992.
2. The Dramatic Art of Asif Currimbhoy by K. R. Srinivasa Iyengar. A descriptive review of Currimbhoy's 29 plays from 1959 through 1975.
3. The Bengal Trilogy: Inquilab, The Refugee, Sonar Bangla. A pamphlet crafted by Currimbhoy quotes from Ivengar, Bowers and Meserve.

  • This package of plays and criticisms presents material for a substantial evaluation of the early plays and subsequent work of this passionate social realist's presentation of India and its problems during the last half of the 20th century.


Currimbhoy (1928-1994) died of a heart attack in 1994 on a train returning to his home in Bombay from Calcutta after viewing a performance of one of his plays.


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