Gender and Tara

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Friday, 6 April 2012
Gender Discrimination in Mahesh Dattani’s “Tara”

                                         Name: Darshangi Andharia                     Paper: E-c-202: Indian Writing in English        Topic: Gender Discrimination in Mahesh Dattani’s “Tara” 

                                       SEM: 2, part 1                                     Year: 2011-2012 

                                       Submitted to,                                      Dr.Dilip Barad,                                    Bhavnagar University,                                         Bhavnagar.

Gender Discrimination in Mahesh Dattani’s “Tara”

Mahesh Dattani is an Indian director, actor and writer. He wrote the plays like Final solution, On a Muggy Night in Mumbai, Tara and 30 days in September. He is the first playwright in English to be awarded the Sahitya Academy Award. “Tara” was first published in 1990. This plays is talks about the family tragedy in which the members of the family are suffering. It shows gender difference in Indian society.  Chandan is thinking in London about his past life and he wants to write a play. He had already given the title to the play that is “Twinkle Tara”. They were Siamese child and after the operation they are physically separated but mentally they are joined. There is a difference between sex and gender, it is related to biological term and gender is given by society. Throughout the play Dattani has used this difference of male and female. Even in our primary’s lesson we had one lesson that “Ram khir kha” and “Sita kam kar.” It shows in the play when Tara talks to Roopa about her father and son, she says that 

“The men in the house were deciding on whether they were going to hunting while the woman looked after the caves.”

Women have not their own identity in the society. If she is more capable than the man though she will not permitted by her family to go for work. For example Mr. Patel says to Chandan, 

“I was just thinking …… It may be a good idea for you to come to the office with me.”

Why Mr. Patel tells only Chandan to join the office. Why not Tara? Because she is girl? Even Chandan says that if Tara will come then and then I will come. She is more capable than me for office work but Mr. Patel don’t allow Tara to come at office.  The play is about issues of class and modern life style and values. Patel and Bharati are educated parents but they crested discrimination in the play. Even Bharati’s father, a resourceful person, is also considered to be one of the factors in this misfortune. She offers her kidney to give a new charge of life to Tara. She knows the reality that after giving the kidney she will not survive but she wants to sacrifice because of her mistake, now she realize the truth and that is why Patel is not agree to donate her kidney. Mr. Patel knows the reality of his wife.

Dr. Thakkar occupies the one on the highest level throughout the play. Tara and Chandan are conjoined, Siamese twins who must be separate to survive. The dichotomy between the twin ‘gendered’ selves is recognized and a physical separation is made through surgery. He is aware that the third leg would stick on better to the female half, yet becomes party to the decision. Tara never got a fair deal, not from nature and not from human being.

Bharati address Tara as “My lovely, beautiful girl and my twinkle Tara.” Bharati is pathetic victim of patriarchy. She was exceptionally conscious for her own sake.

 Tara was more enthusiastic and full of jest and spark of life. She had high aspirations which she could not achieve because of her handicapped state while the boy had given the second leg. Why not Tara? Because she is girl? Is being girl in the society a curse? Even this biased thing was done by the woman. Why woman can’t understand the problem of other girl? Always woman have to sacrifice for the man in the society. 

 The social system in which...
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