Critical Analysis of The Theme of Family in Elkunchwar’s As One Discardeth Old Clothes
Born to a Telugu Brahmin feudal family in Parwa village in Vidarbha region of Maharashtra, Mahesh Elkunchwar was educated in Nagpur University. He taught English literature at Dharampeth Arts, Commerce College, Nagpur and M.P. Deo Memorial Science College, Nagpur. He writes plays in Marathi language which have been translated into multiple Indian and Western languages including English, French and German. Elkunchwar’s first play was Rudravarsha (The Savage Year) that came in the year 1956. He has been honoured in India with Homi Bhabha Fellowship (1976-78), The Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards for Yuganta, National Academy of the Performing Arts 1989, Nandika 1989, Maharashtra Gaurav (1990), The Maharashtra Foundation Award (1997), The Sahitya Academy Award (2002), The Saraswati Samman, one of India’s highest literary awards in 2003. Internationally, too, he has been bestowed by The Brittingham Fellowship in 2005. The prestigious Janasthan Puraskar was pronounced on him for his service to the theatre.
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