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Contributors Vol 20.1

Aji K.M. is Assistant Professor of Malayalam at K.K.T.M. College, Kodungalloor. Alphonsa C.A. is Assistant Professor of English at Mar Athanasius College, Kothamangalam. Anitha S. is Assistant Professor of English at Government College, Tripunithura Anoopa C.R. is Assistant Professor of…

Choice and Chastity: Quest for Self-discovery in Ishti

Abstract: Ishti (2015), the directorial debut of Dr. G. Prabha, is the first ever Sanskrit movie to handle a socio-political theme. Smarthavicharam as such figures in it only tangentially; in fact though the stage is set for the spectacular event the accused—both the woman and the man—walk out on the decadent system and express their quest for freedom which is possible only after discovering their own inner selves. The rationale for including the article in this volume is that it vividly and vehemently visualises the Brahminical economic structures and belief systems which necessitated many a custom including chastity trials. The film is yet to have a theatrical release as it is embroiled in a litigation.

Vicharams: Evental Pointers, Possibilities and Intensities in Liminal Phases

Abstract: This article discusses the trial of Thathri in terms of the sociological concepts of space and liminality, and illustrates how both the communitarian domain and the modernizing order in Kerala had significant differences in terms of the treatment meted out to the female gender, compared to other orders within the Indian subcontinent.

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