Authored By: Ramesh P. Panigrahi
Year of Publication: 2019
|Pages: 280||Binding: Paperback(PB)|
Category: Poetry, Fiction and Short Stories
|Price in Rs. 276.50||Price in (USA) $. 22.12|
“These plays never let you leave them halfway while you are reading or watching them. You sense pure magic in pursuing their plotlines, encountering lively characters,and listening ironical dialogues.”
-Sukanta Rout, Reader-in -English and Theatre Activist
“These plays of Panigrahi takes us on a rollercoaster ride from the ordinaryphysical plane to the dizzy metaphysical heights through an artful blend of sarcasm and tragedy."
-Sugyan Choudhury, Columnist and Art Critic, The Pioneer
This collection by one of India’s most original playwrights includes a play captioned “Waiting for the Bus” that was staged for more than five hundred nights throughout Odisha,and its Hindi translation was premiered by Prastav, New Delhi, directed by Rajnarayan Dixit. The play was taught in graduate course for twenty years in different universities (1968-1988) and earned the status of a modern classic. “The Last Rung of the Ladder” is the first experiment in converging Indian theatre performance mode with that of the American mode of ‘transformation plays’, “The Spider in Its Web” is a meta-theatrical experiment remotely connected to Pirandello, and “The Story of the Stormy Night” is the first neo-journalistic play of India.“The Elephant in the Capital” may be categorized as an absurd play emphasizing Foucauldian evils of “power”.
Ramesh P. Panigrahi(b.1944) has spent 56 years(1963-2019)on stage in different capacities;in addition to publishing 90 plays, anti-plays and “atom” plays. He won Odisha Sahitya Akademi Award in 1984 and was awarded by the Odisha Sangit Natak Akademi in 2001 for his contribution to theatre as a director. Besides, he has been awarded by fifty one prestigious institutions of the State. Five of his plays are included in graduate and postgraduate courses of different universities of Odisha and five doctoral dissertations have been written on his works. Panigrahi is an approved lyricist of All India Radio, Cuttack and Television Centre, Bhubaneswar. He has published a novel, House Made of Incense Sticks, and two volumes of theatre criticism. He has published The History of Odia Literature in three volumes in English and a book on ontology of Odia culture. He has co-edited Continuity in Flux (on culture) and Six Contemporary Painters (on painting) with late painter Dinanath Pathy. He has written story, screenplay and dialogues for six Odia films and worked as the technical director of Prahallada Nataka, a folk genre to represent Odisha in Kattai Kuttu folk festival at Katpadi, Tamilnadu. Dr.Panigrahi’s plays have been translated into Bengali, Assamese and Hindi.