Plays of Ratan Thiyam and H. Kanhailal: Some Critical Insights

  • Namrata Pathak, Dr Assistant Professor, North Eastern Hill University,Tura(Meghalaya)


The plays of H. Kanhailal and Ratan Thiyam not only exhibit rich folk traditions but they also take the apparently discrete linguistic practices of small narratives to connect reflexively to the discourses of humanity.


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How to Cite
PATHAK, Namrata. Plays of Ratan Thiyam and H. Kanhailal: Some Critical Insights. Drishti - The Sight, [S.l.], v. 7, n. 1, p. 12-19, july 2018. ISSN 2319-8281. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 25 mar. 2019.