Dattani’s Relevance in Changing Gender Scenario
Keywords:discrimination, marginalisation, gender identity, sexual repression, homosexuality.
Male and female, the two opposite genders essentially have their importance firmly rooted in the biology of procreation and the longing for an ‘everlasting life.’ Though later, gender becomes a major driving force in social and cultural realms, despite diminished importance of procreation. The present paper is an attempt to highlight the relevance of Mahesh Dattani’s plays in context to the rapidly changing gender scenario in social context. Issues that were absolutely non-existent just a few decades back are throwing branches and evolving into an ever-expanding canopy of gender identities. The rapidly changing gender scenario manifests through examples like women becoming bolder, positive outlook and support for girl-child, increasing acceptance of homosexuality and such alternative sexual orientation, bending gender stereotypes, and matters that once used to be pushed under the carpet often being brandished by the people of alternative sexual orientation. Mahesh Dattani courageously, and faithfully exposed the hidden realities of gender, sex and relationships drawn from the remotest nooks and deepest crevices of human consciousness through his plays, his preferred literary form. Such works offer insights into the human thought process, and guides us out of conflict zones of crime and callousness, and lead toward peace and prosperity. The sensitivity of a writer reflects in literary works in the form of psychological, social and cultural realities of mankind, and also affects the stance of people about various matters of human concern and their evolution in future.