Existence and Distance of Self in Badal Sircar’s Plays
Keywords:Existence, Meaningless Life, Distance, Suicide, Alienated Self, Third Theatre
Badal Sircar’s plays have been praised both as texts and in theatres. Although he revolted against the traditional proscenium theatre and launched the revolutionary ‘third theatre’, his plays are thematically rich and they pose a timeless effect on the audience as well as the reader. The characters portrayed in his plays are taken directly from reality. In them he shows the pangs and hardships of life, futility of existence, distance from self or soul and ultimately a morbid wish to end life. When the protagonists become aware of their meaninglessness of life, they seek to end their life. That is why suicide becomes a recurring image of futility in many plays of Sircar. A dark gloom always lingers upon some of his plays. Apart from these, his plays are full of vivacity, joy of life and hope for mankind. Some popular plays like Ebong Indrajit(And Indrajit), Pagla Ghoda(Mad Horse), Baki Itihas(Remaining History) are discussed with one lesser known play Bibar(Cave) which was never staged.
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