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Mahesh Dattani was among the few Indians who attempted to write plays in English during the post-independence period. His dramatic creations encouraged a new creative motivation for theatre aspirants who later exploited the nuances of the several Indian varieties of English on the stage. Dattani’s theatre group Playpen was formed in 1984 and he has directed several plays ranging from classical Greek to contemporary works. He wrote plays on new themes about body-that is not love but disease, a diseased body and mind. Crime, communal disharmony, misbehavior towards serious disease personalities and violence too find place in his plays. But he is not always looking at the dark aspect of life. His themes have variety and what's more important is that they are innovative. He is very serious in dealing with diseases like AIDS, cancer and disability openly. In the plays Ek Alag Mausam, Tara, and Brief Candle Dattani says that the same body which is the object of sexual desire is also subject to decay through disease and disability, Dattani seems to have considered. That is why he has written plays on diseases like AIDS, cancer and has shown the debilitation of human body by physical disability. In Ek Alag Mausam he deals with a biological disease, AIDS, and presents harmonious and emotional treatment in the service of humanity.
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