Vijoy Tendulkar’s "Silence! The Court is in Session": The Plight of Miss Benare

Benare wanted to live a free life, free from the patriarchal dominance and the conservative norms of the society. She displays self-determination, self -assertiveness and cynicism but is also receptive to the conventional norms of integrity. Tendulkar has tried to initiate the new form by commenting on the mendacity of the social and ethical standards existing in the society.  Ms. Benare studied and established herself as a teacher. She fell in love with Prof. Damle as a young woman in spite of her previous failure in a love with her maternal uncle. Prof. Damle was a married man who also wanted to satisfy his bodily thirst. She was pregnant without marriage and this was a reason that she was discharged from her school.

Benare is an educated woman about thirty-four years old. She worked as a schoolteacher. She was also associated with an amateur dramatic alliance, whose prime purpose was to educate the public with social and current issues. The association chose to educate people with procedures of a court of law. They arrived on the spot quite early, thus they decided to have a rehearsal of mock court. Benare was reluctant to perform the role of an accused but this reluctance was ignored. The playwright endeavors to create a game-like no serious atmosphere. But soon the imaginary charges led to personal dilemmas.

Benare is seen in a cheerful mood of flamboyance, but she gets her first blow, when Ponkshe, a scientist, says, “She runs after men too much.” Karnik, one of the characters, Says that Benare was in love with her maternal uncle but the affair ended in fiasco. He further “reveals’ her past life by saying that she first proposed to Ponkshe and then tried to deceive Rokde, a young boy. Benare tries to leave the court but becomes upset when all doors all automatically bolted from outside. In fact, she is trapped and can’t escape. Furthermore, Mrs. Kashikar executes physical violence to drag Benare to the dock. She has another damaging view against Benare. She does not hesitate to say that these young unmarried girls get everything without marrying. She shows her doubt, how can Benare remain unmarried till the age of thirty-four?

Dramatic Technique as Revealed in Vijay Tendulkar’s Play, Silence! The Court is In Session - An Analysis

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