Representation of The Child In Modern Indian Novels: A Comparative Study of Bibhutibhusan Bandopadhyaya’s Pather Panchali and Krishna Baldev Vaid’s Uska Bachpan
The representation of the child in art has a long history. Great importance is attached to the child in the indigenous literary traditions of India. The antics of Krishna , the ‘balgopal’ are represented vividly in the Bhagavata Purana and the Mahabharath. Likewise, the adventures of the child Rama are sketched in great detail in another epic Ramayana. An array of Indian writers have made the child the protagonist in their novels ; Manu Bhandari’s Aap ka Bunty, Ganeswar Misra’s Face of the Morning, R.K. Narayanan’s Swami & Friends, Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children, and Amitav Ghosh’s Shadow Lines are some typical examples. This paper attempts to make a comparative study of the portrayal of the child in two modern Indian novels namely Bibhutibhusan Bandopadhyaya’s Pather Panchali and Krishna Baldev Vaid’s Uska Bachpan.
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