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A Voice against Gender inequality in the Poetry of Kamla Das: A Bold Assertion

Proceedings of Research Papers Presented At The National Research Seminar In English On “Widening Canvas Of Literature” Held On 03rd And 04th December, 2015

Ms. Sumitra Joshi

Assistant Professor,  Dept. of Humanities

Acropolis Institute of Technology and Research, Indore

&

Dr. Anita Thakur

Associate Professor, Dept. of Humanities

Acropolis Institute of Technology and Research, Indore.

Abstract

Literature is a mirror of society that reflects contemporary historical background with the social, economical and psychological problems of the age. Though considered a product of imagination, poetry presents an accurate picture of contemporary society and its culture. It is a means of expression to share experiences and total concept of life.

Kamla Das, a poet of modern Indian woman’s ambivalence, was highly sensitive and feminine who exposed her psychic geography through her poetry in such a way that made her a controversial and unconventional poet. Her poetry exhibits feminine ethos and search of a woman for her place in a male-dominated society where she always finds herself at second place struggling for her identity; caged and suffocated. Through her candid and bold assertion, she displays her pain, despair and disgust against the traditional role of a woman where she has to play the role of an ideal daughter, ideal wife and an ideal mother. She raises a woman question against gender inequality through her poetry and displays her inner urge to live a life on her own terms. She seeks to establish her own individuality in such an unconventional way that leaves the whole world dumbstruck.

Kamla Das’ rebellious attitude against patriarchy and male-domination is very well reflected in her poems ‘Off Calcutta’, ‘The Old Playhouse’ and in ‘An Introduction’ where she gives voice to a modern Indian woman’s ambivalence and finds herself a mere puppet or doll dancing on others’ tunes.

Through her poems Kamla Das expresses her alienation, her pain, her anger and her desire for freedom. Where her poem ‘The Dance of Eunuch’ paints her inner emptiness, In ‘An Introduction,’ she attacks traditional values and raises a question on their propriety. This paper is intended to throw light on her dissatisfaction to women’s position who have been victim of gender inequality and discrimination since ages.

Her candid and bold expression through her poetry is a kind of contribution in uplifting the position of Indian women in society where they can inhale a breath of freedom and live their life without any inhibition.

 

Keywords: Bold assertion, gender inequality, fear, anger, breathe of freedom

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