(Last Updated on : 22/07/2009)
Manjft Pal Kaur was the only woman dramatist of Punjabi theatre
. He was also a feminist poet. She was born in 1948. Her first play, Sahiban in 1986 was a poetic drama. She drew its subject matter from a medieval love story named after the heroine, much maligned for betraying her lover who otherwise would have killed her brothers. Bandhan te sarap i.e. 'Constraint and Curse' in 1988 contains two plays, one in verse and the other in prose. Kaur's most famous work is Sundran that she wrote in 1994. This one was her poetic kind. Titled after a benevolent woman contrapuntal to the malevolent heroine of an ancient legend, it feminizes the patriarchal content in a profoundly poignant way. Essentially intellectual, it enters into dialogue with writings composed upon this legend from the patriarchal viewpoint.
A theatre academician by profession, Kaur has published three books of criticism devoted exclusively to drama and theatre. Panjabi kav-nat as for example 'sabhiachar de sandharbh vich i.e. 'Punjabi Poetic Drama: In Cultural Context' in 1989 is an elaborate study of this genre, its genesis, growth, and diversity. Panjabi drama te rangmanch de vikas dian samasianvan i.e. 'Problems of the Growth of Punjabi Drama and Theatre' in 1993 and Panjabi drama te rangmanch i.e. 'Punjabi Drama and Theatre' in 1996 are compilations edited by her to probe crucial issues of past significance and present meaning.
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