DR. INDU SHARMA
LECTURER IN GOVT. DEGREE COLLEGE PALOURA
Literature is a reflection of the society and culture is a part of it, is a fact that has been widely acknowledged. Literature indeed reflects the society’s ideology, its good values and its ills. In its corrective function, literature mirrors the ills of the society with a view to make the society realize its mistakes and a way for further amendments. It also projects the virtues or good values in the society for people to emulate. It is impossible to find a work of literature that exclude the attitudes, morale, ideologies and values of the culture prevails in the society, since no writer has been brought up in an environment completely unexposed to the world around him. In literature, the sole aim of writer is to transpose the real-life events in their society into fiction. With this, they present the society: its culture, its custom, its belief, its values, its mores, etc as a mirror with which people can look at themselves and make adjustments to that event where ever necessary. Bhabani Bhattacharya in his novel Music for Mohini talks about the metamorphosis of culture beneath the clash of ideologies. His main concern is; however is always to bring together and reconcilates the opposites i.e. of opposed values, for achieving the goal of common good. In Bhattacharya’s novels, on one side, when the reader comes up with ideology of face-to-face with orthodoxy it results in a number of other cramping phenomena that are the necessary concomitants of a tradition-bound society. On the other hand, one has to encounter various forces that operate against long-entrenched socio-political, economic, religious and cultural norms which drive the society and thus the society is re-geared viz-a viz these forces.
Key Words: Metamorphosis, Cultural Synthesis, Reconciliation and Ideology