Construction of Masculinism in ‘Ankia Naat’ (Drama) of Mahapurush Sri Sankardeva: A Sociological Perspective beyond Traditional Reading
The display, representation and impact of the ideas and notions of masculinity/feminity through diverse mediums of art, culture, literature and several other forms of art and entertainment has a long-drawn history that has not only established milestones of development of new eras in their specific domains but are intrinsically connected to the conceptualization and social acceptance of the many works on gender that have marked their footsteps in the paths travelled through the history. Theatre or the domain of drama being a very evocative, appealing and persuasive medium of flow of information has extensive possibilities for enormous influence in stating the picture and understanding of the concepts and agendas of socio-cultural significance. Thus it also holds the capacity to influence the process and understanding of the boundaries of matters like gender, society and so on in a very rigid and more specific manner. The tradition and the concept of ankia-naat coined and propagated by Mahapurush Sankardeva as a pioneer vernacular Assamese dramatic medium which was highly celebrated, socially accepted and readily interpreted by the common people of the Assamese Society immensely flourished through the paths of history and have several facets for readings pertaining to the concepts relating to gender.