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Jaipur Literature Festival 2015: Theatre doyen Sushama Deshpande explores Dalit culture in Maharashtra; adapts Urmila Pawar's bestseller

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First published: January 23, 2015, 8:27 AM IST | Updated: January 23, 2015
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Jaipur Literature Festival 2015: Theatre doyen Sushama Deshpande explores Dalit culture in Maharashtra; adapts Urmila Pawar's bestseller
Dressed in a traditional blue and red sari, noted Marathi theatre personalty Sushama Deshpande spoke with palpable excitement about her upcoming project.

Jaipur: Dressed in a traditional blue and red sari, noted Marathi theatre personalty Sushama Deshpande spoke with palpable excitement about her upcoming project.

"I have adapted Urmila Pawar's book 'Aaydan: Notes From The Margins' on the theatre. But to call it an adaptation would be slightly wrong. I have simply edited her autobiography," said Deshpande, speaking at the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival.

Urmila Pawar is an acclaimed Maharashtrian writer and is considered to be one of the most acclaimed writers representing Dalit culture and gender issues. Her stories resound with her own self definition, which is, a woman, a Dalit and a Buddhist.

Deshpande's Marathi play 'Aaydan' was opened in August 2014, and its Hindi version will will be premiered in Ahmedabad next month.

A committed theatre personality, Deshpande has been performing the one-woman show 'Vhay Mee Savitribai' for over 25 years. The play was a commentary on caste discrimination and women's issues in Maharashtra and is based on the 19th century social reformer Savitribai Phule's life.

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