Mahesh dattani’s play tara: A tale of gender discrimination
Mahesh Dattani’s play Tara deals with the theme of gender discrimination in society. The present paper seeks to discuss and analyze how Dattani has represented the issue of marginalization of women in the play. Through the moving story of conjoined twins, Tara and Chandan, the play highlights how a boy child is preferred to a girl child in an Indian family. Dattani considers gender discrimination unnatural and unethical and brings out complex and multidimensional nature of the issue. The play depicts pervasiveness and deep rootedness of patriarchal values in the collective consciousness of society. These values are internalized by women through the process of socialization which makes women vulnerable to discrimination and oppression. Women act as a tool in the hands of patriarchy to perpetuate patriarchal values. In the play, Bharati the mother of Tara spoils life of her daughter and later suffers from guilt due to her inhuman act. Her guilt leads her to insanity and creates problems in family also. The play also touches on the issue of gender based division of labour and how this division creates barriers in the way of creativity and talent for both genders. Both Tara and Chandan are differently abled but she has to face double marginalization being a girl. Dattani also exposes insensitive attitude of society towards the differently abled persons. Misuse of science and technology has been shown through the character of Dr. Thakkar.