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Corruption, community and duty in Family Matters
Peter Morey

‘performance’ as Shiv Sena ruffians is to have on Mr Kapur, they rehearse the question of the role of the audience, free will and destiny. They acknowledge that their performance will be unorthodox: while an audience for the kind of street theatre they specialise in always knows it is watching a performance, Mr Kapur will be unable to distinguish between performance and reality. Unaware, he will be both actor and audience: ‘An actor without awareness is a wooden puppet,’ declared Gautam grandly, believing he had scored a decisive point. ‘In a culture where destiny is

in Rohinton Mistry
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Performing in the spaces of city and nation in A Fine Balance
Peter Morey

the assembly of so many beggars, he explained. ‘They were mistaken for political activists in fancy dress – troublemakers indulging in street theatre, portraying government figures as crooks and criminals embarked on beggaring the nation. You know the sort of thing.’ (AFB, 506) The police then provide an official entourage for the remainder of the journey. Shankar’s funeral procession even offers a moment of that ritualised decrowning that Bakhtin identifies as part of carnivalised life and literature, when figures of authority are stripped of their power and

in Rohinton Mistry