Seven Steps Around The Fire Analysis

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As the note to the play states, Seven Steps Around the Fire was first broadcast as Seven Circles Around the Fire by BBC Radio on 4 and 9 January 1999. The play highlights Dattani, a master of language and characterization. As a dramatist he was not frightened to work inside a comparatively conventional dramatic structure to tell a story that was bold and dominant without even being histrionic. The stated play beautifully deals with the pathetic dilemma of the hijras, their ways of life, their passionate sense of individual identity in a heartless and unkind atmosphere where a minister had the young hijra burned to death. Mahesh Dattani, a Sahitya Academy Award winner playwright from India, in his play Seven Steps Around the Fire has highlighted the difficulty of the hijras in the Indian society. Having a recorded history of more than 4,000 years, the hijra community is underprivileged of several rights under the civil rule because the Indian law recognizes only two sexes. They are lonely and segregated and constitute an ‘invisible minority’ within the society. They are the abandoned gender. They sing at the wedding and at childbirth with other hijras and people give them money otherwise they put a curse on them. They are measured as the ‘chosen of God’ and the curse by them cannot be revoked. The author has paradoxically portrayed this aspect that would not have otherwise received any concentration, for any matter related to the hijras is of no meaning to anyone. For many
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