Mahesh Dattani is one of India’s foremost theatre personalities. Although Mahesh is multi-talented and involved in every aspect of theatre – acting, directing and writing — it is in writing that he has found his true calling. He is the only English playwright to be awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award.
His plays address social issues linked to deep-rooted prejudices such as gender identity, gender discrimination and communal tensions. His impressive body of work includes plays like Final Solutions, Night Queen, Dance like a Man, Tara and Thirty Days.
Dance Like a Man, lauded by critics, audiences, Indian and international press alike, is a powerful human drama providing an insight into the contemporary social scene in India. The story of Jasraj and Ratna (two dancers past their prime) is juxtaposed with that of their daughter Lata to reveal the darker secrets of family relationships and conflicts between generations. The mode is comic, but the concerns are serious, real and universal.
Dance like a Man has now done 110 successful shows around the world and remains India’s longest-running English play.