It is important to read Final Solutions as a play that has come to be part of academic curricula after its proven success on the stage. As any history of Indian writing in English will reveal, very few of the plays written from the 1890s to the 1970s (the period usually recorded in these histories)survived. Of the plays that survive, hardly any can claim to have had the kind of successful run that almost all Dattani's plays, including Final Solutions, have had.
Besides being one of our most prolific and successful contemporary playwrights writing in English, Dattani is the only playwright in English to win the Sahitya Akademi Award, The award was given for Final Solutions and Other plays, Dattani's first published collection of plays in 1998. His four earlier plays - Where There's a Will (1988), Dance Like a Man (1989), Tara(1990) and Bravely Fought the Queen (1991)- had successful runs in Bangalore and other places, and established Dattani as a strong and original talent. His unusual themes, technical experimentation, and above all, brilliant use of a variety of spoken Indian English not heard on the English language stage before: all these reasons made Dattani, and Bangalore, the centre of action as far as Indian drama in English was concerned.
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