ASIF CURRIMBHOY AND HIS VALLEY OF ASSASSINS: DR. HARESHWAR ROY
grand old history. Its origin can be traced back to the Vedic Period. It is considered as
the fifth Veda. In early post independence, Indian English
drama made genuine progress. Asif Currimbhoy made significant contribution in
uplifting it. He laid the foundation of Indian drama liberating it from the
static tradition of Tagore and Aurovindo. India
Currimbhoy’s father was an industrialist and his mother was a social worker. He was acquainted with English language from his childhood. This acquaintance helped him in attaining mastery over this language. He pursued his higher education from the
. His love for
Shakespearean drama has influenced his body of work. Wisconsin University
Currimbhoy is one of the most prolific playwrights of the Post-Independence period. He is
authentic voice in the theatre. He is one modern Indian playwright who has
shown great interest in producing drama. His wife calls him Karma Yogi. India
Currimbhoy is dramatist of tremendous energy. He has produced farce, comedy, tragedy, melodrama, history, fantasy etc. He has written on a variety of themes. His plays are classified into social, political and religious ones. He carefully selected social political and religious issues related to
neighbouring countries. He was moved by the violence that erupted in the
country during the sixties. Thus variety and versatility are the distinguishing
marks of this dramatist. India
Currimbhoy has made his debut as a dramatist for the stage. His plays are first and foremost meant for the stage. The Clock, The Refugee, Goa, Doldrummers, Inquilab, Sonar Bangla, Thorns on a Canvas, The Hungry Ones, The Miracle Seed and The Valley of Assassins are his well known works. In these plays Currimbhoy deals with different aspects and problems of life. He does not worship beauty and does not present idealism. He presents life with its reality. He has taken unusual themes from contemporary Indian society and skillfully used them into his plays. Currimbhoy was shocked to observe the arrogance of power, cruelty, violence and sex which was too terrifying, repulsive and almost barbaric.
Goa deals with racial discrimination. Inquilab is based on contemporary Maoixt Naxalite movement in Bengal. Sonar
Bangla encompasses the entire liberation of . The Refugee deals with the influx of Bangladeshi refugee into Bangladesh .
The Valley of Assassins narrates the
origin of the Persian Ismailis. Evidently particular events or conditions
stimulated his creative imagination. His canvas was wide encompassing Gandhi’s
inner conflict, the flight of the Dalai Lama, the famines of Bengal Bihar and
Maharashtra, the invasion of Goa, the conflicts between the Hindus and the
Muslims have been dramatized with superb realism. India
Currimbhoy’s characters are engaged in life-destroying conflict between opposing ideologies. His portrayal of characters adds richness and variety to his dramatic art. Asif Currimbhoy uses his characters to explain his special point of view. We find different types of characters such as surrealistic, absurd, dominant, frustrated, malevolent, optimistic, complex character of oedipal nature, the committed and the uncommitted. The playwright invests his characters with a touch of universality of appeal.
In spite of comprehensiveness, Currimbhoy`s dramatic art has been a subject of criticism. Currimbhoy’s plays are passionate and heavily symbolic.
His symbols are often crude, conventional and mechanic. Each play of Currimbhoy is different from the other play, not only in subject matter, but also in style, in presentation, in structure and in organic development.
Currimbhoy’s plays have won greater recognition outside
. Social realism is an
outstanding trait in his plays. His keen observance enabled him to understand
life in its various shades. As an artist, he hardly allowed himself to be cut
off from life. As a committed playwright, he presents a problem, but reserves
his final verdict. In short, Currimbhoy’s achievement in the field of drama is
both impressive and distinctive and it is also touched with the hallmark of
significant attainment. India
About the author:
Dr. Hareshwar Roy, Professor of English at Govt. P.G. College, Satna, Madhya Pradesh, obtained his bachelor and master degrees in English from Patna University Patna, Bihar. He completed his Ph.D. from A.P.S. University Rewa, Madhya Pradesh. His ‘The Diasporic Articulation in the Novels of M.G. Vassanji’ is an incisive book that makes an in-depth study of the novels of M.G. Vassanji who is one of the best known literary members of Indian Diaspora. His research papers (more than 40) have been widely published in reputed literary journals. Currently he is teaching English Literature in Govt. Autonomous P.G. College Satna, Madhya Pradesh. He has attended a number of seminars and conferences. His area of interest is the writing of the writers of Indian diaspora.