Salt Licks and other plays

Salt Licks and other plays

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ISBN: 9789390961160

Author: Vijay Padaki

Price: Rs. 450

Binding: PB


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About the Book

The plays in Volume 6 reflect on the continued Western orientation of Indian communities till today. As a character in Salt Licks says: ‘Go West, young man, to rediscover the East. And don't be in a hurry to get back’. The first play in this publication series refers to a peculiarly Bangalore society of elders fixated in the Raj, calling themselves the Empire Loyalists. If it was ‘Great Britain’ at one time, it was the American Dream later. In the pre-liberalized economy, young people went to extremes to get admission in American colleges and universities. Any university, any course, any location, it was only important to get there first. And yet... there was something so human in their dreams. The collection in this Volume can be called Vijay Padaki’s early plays. The stories are set in the period early ‘seventies to early ‘nineties. The ubiquitous 2-in-1 music system in the plays creates a special place for itself. Two plays in the set need further explanation. Gold and Silver was written at the time of an exchange project with the Royal National Theatre celebrating India’s Golden Anniversary of Independence. Evening Shadows is an original English language adaptation of Sandhya Chhaya by the Marathi playwright Jaywant Dalvi. The loneliness of an elderly couple is compounded by the son not returning from America.

About the Author

Vijay Padaki is a Theatre Educator who has been part of the Bangalore Little Theatre since its inception in 1960. He has served the company in many capacities–as actor, director, trainer, writer, designer and administrator. A multi-faceted personality, Vijay wears many hats. He is a psychologist and behavioural scientist by training, and the founder-director of The P&P Group, a management resource centre. He was also instrumental in setting up of the first Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad and the IIM Bangalore. Over the years, Vijay has developed several long term programmes to strengthen the institution of theatre education and practice in India. Besides conceiving the highly successful Trainer-Training and the Directors Training programme at the BLT, he is also responsible for the annual summer workshop for newcomers to the theatre. More recently, the Ministry of Culture invited Vijay to initiate a programme of Arts and Heritage Management in India. Vijay has written over 50 original plays. In 1993, Vijay won the award for the best contemporary play script instituted by The Hindu for the play Credit Titles. He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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