Importance of parody and satire in the society
Is Indian society forgetting to laugh, to enjoy humour that comes through parody or through satire? Both play important roles that have been analyzed in this thread.
Parody is an imitation of the style of a particular writer, artist, or genre with deliberate exaggeration for providing comic effect. This relies on exaggeration to ridicule the target. Satire is the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues. They may look the same but there is a difference. Parody is the composition of a work to criticize the style of another work in a comical way. Satire also provides entertainment but it has a goal to expose the bad practices in the people and the institutions of the society like the government. In parody there is imitation and in satire, the subject is made fun of without imitation. These two are powerful tools in any society to bring change.
Who can forget Shankar of Shankar's Weekly and R.K. Laxman and their satirical cartoons political and otherwise? The common man of R . K. Laxman was very famous. The political leaders of that era enjoyed the satires and Nehru used to encourage them. Now in our country, there are many groups performing on stage live with parodies and satires. There are a lot of videos that bring out the flaws in society and in government policies. They bring out all these in a hilarious way that goes deep into society.
The imitation of the accent of people in some areas is also a parody. There are many stand-up comedians who are performing well. The present generation of politicians is not tolerant of any criticism in a satirical manner. Some comedians were arrested and jailed for their dialogues in shows. One stand-up comedian was jailed for the jokes he intended but not delivered in the show. Space for comedy in our country is shrinking. There is so much to laugh but no one is able to laugh heartily and those creating parodies and satirical plays are in fear. Hope the parody and satire needed in the society for its betterment will be back soon and we will all be able to laugh heartily.