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The Ink Is Still Wet

Girish Karnad directs a new play after 35 years

The Ink Is Still Wet
Jagdeesh N.V.
The Ink Is Still Wet
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It's been over 35 years since Girish Karnad last directed a play. But these days, Karnad, one of India's pre-eminent contemporary playwrights, is in command again at rehearsals in Bangalore for his new one-act play, Odakalu Bimba in Kannada and A Heap of Broken Images in English.

The play is an attempt to examine the soul of an Indian writer caught in a global current, a comment on writers who make news with those huge, undisclosed advances that foreign publishers allegedly pay them. It has a single character, a woman writer, and is set in a TV studio. It's prime time and she is speaking to a TV audience about her writing process, the newly earned international acclaim.

"I decided to direct myself because, unless carefully done, it can fall apart," says Karnad, tension evidently rising as he watches the final dress rehearsal. The last time he directed was in 1969, when he was still working with Oxford University Press, with Madras Players' Evam Indrajit, by Vijay Tendulkar. He's directing this play for an in-house production at Ranga Shankara, a...
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