*Dr. G. Chenna Reddy
Department of English
Acharya Nagarjuna University, Guntur, A.P., INDIA
**Ms B. L. Ratnavali
Research Scholar, Jntu Kakinada
533 294, A.P., INDIA.
Modern theatre is the theatre of present day and represents scenario of human life. Theatre is a familiar word for all walks of life because of its immense popularity on the global platform of drama. In literary context, the word “theatre” is derived from the Greek word “theatron” which means a place for seeing and always deals human existence and anguish of this world. Theatre, perhaps more than any other medium to present the world as it is and it has potential power to transform the society within its structures of consciousness.
Modern Absurd dramatists like Samuel Barclay Beckett, Jean Genet, Edward Albee and Harold Pinter were become famous playwrights by the unconventional dramatic theatrical writings and innovative techniques to depict the existential anguish and sense of futility in their absurd plays. Moreover, Modern Indian drama extended its roots from conventional to modern with the works of great writers like Vijay Tendulkar, Girish Karnad, Mahasweta Devi and Badal Sircar. The present paper tries to explore how the unconventional dramas like absurd and street plays had brought drastic change in the perception of the spectators and performers of the stage. The author wishes to find out the striking similarities between Absurd play and Indian Street play with reference to Waiting for Godot and Evam Indrajit. Besides, the paper tends to elevate how these two theatres have influenced the socio-political circumstances of the period and introduced new vistas in the modern drama.
Key words: Absurd Theatre, Street Theatre, Existential Anguish and Similarities.