Vijay Tendulkar's Encounter In Umbugland

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Introduction: Vijay Tendulkar’s one of the most celebrated plays is Encounter in Umbugland. It was originally written in Marathi as a Dumbdwipcha Mukabala (1974) and then translated into English by Priya Adarkar. This play is a satire on cotemporary opportunistic politics. Playwright through this play criticizes hypocrisy, selfishness, opportunistic tendency, short-sightedness, crookedness of the statesmen and foolishness, tendency of hero-worship, dumbness, helplessness, facelessness of the common people. In a way it is a ‘non-conventional political play’ (168:2012). In the play the King and his Ministers bear a symbolic significance. They present the disgusting condition of Indian democratic system. The names of the characters are very symbolic and bear distinctive meaning. Before the Crisis: At the very opening of the first act, which is not further divided into scenes;…show more content…
Encounter… is such a one. Playwright’s method of criticizing is not harsh but soft and indirect. He also employs some comic scenes, dialogues to reduce the unnecessary stress on the reader. He employs the symbols to hide the real persons and this allows the scope of his criticism to widen too far. The playwright tries successfully to show the contrast in the behavior of the people. Commoners and the statesmen all are alike. Tendulkar chronicles and criticizes his time and, successfully blends social criticism and entertainment. He does not give any solution to these problems. He just holds up heightened reflection of society. The play Encounter… is a critique of the then politics and the leaders. As well as it also comments upon gross mentality of the people of the state who blindly believe in their leaders, who make protest and perform gross destruction of the wealth of the nation, kills their own countrymen. Tendulkar very successfully employs irony to bring surface the hidden reality under the veil of hypocrisy, malice,
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