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Three Plays: Naga-Mandala; Hayavadana; Tughlaq [Hardcover]

Girish Karnad


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Sept. 1 1995 0195633318 978-0195633313
Tughlaq is a historical play in the manner of the nineteenth-century Parsee theatre. It deals with the tumultous reign of the medieval Sultan, Muhammad Tuhlaq, a visionary, a poet and one of the most gifted individuals to ascend the throne of Delhi who also came to be considered one of the most spectacular failure in history. Hayavadana was one of the first modern Indian plays to employ traditional theatre techniques. The various conventions - music, mime, masks, the framing narrative, the mixing of human and non-human worlds - are here used for a simultaneous presentation of alternative points of view, for alternative analyses of human problem posed by a story from the Kathasaritsagar. In Naga-Mandala, Karnad turns to oral tales, usually narrated by women while feeding children in the kitchen. Two such tales are fused here. The first one comments on the paradoxical nature of oral tales in general: they have an existence of their own, independent of the teller, and yet live only when they are passed on from one to another. Ensconced within this is the story of a girl who makes up tales in order to come to grips with her life.

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  • Hardcover: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (Sept. 1 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195633318
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195633313
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 14.3 x 1.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g

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About the Author

Girish Karnad is a well-known playwright, actor, film personality, and Chairman of Sangeet Natak Akademi.

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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  2 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars When cultures meet Nov. 17 2013
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Karnad is a gifted playwright. I have seen two of these plays and find them a theatrical treasure trove. They are well worth seeing -- and reading. His style is distinctive.
4.0 out of 5 stars P. MENCKE Sept. 1 2010
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This is an amazing look at the history of playwriting in India after British rule ended. The author explains how playwrights are attempting to incorporate Indian local theater, which is mostly based on myths apparenty, into other modes of playwriting and play presentations with the use of lighting, the proscenium, and new forms of stories and ideas. Very interesting.

He also introduces each of his three plays with a bit of explanation to help western theater enthusiasts understand the form of his plays. While I would usually not want to hear from any artist a prologue to the presentation of a piece of art, since the work of art, in my opinion, must stand alone on it's own merits without the intentions of the artist or any background information presented ahead of time; I found this somewhat helpful in this case, where foreign myths are involved. This book is written to help Westerners understand the current state of East Indian theater art while presenting this playwrights work. It might, otherwise, have let us pass it up as trivial without the historical background. After reading the entirety of this Book, it is easier to separate Bollywood from more creative works in India.

At a time when teaching any information through parable or myth is in question, since young minds tend to believe such mythical characters actually exist no matter how fantastic, I applaud this author for his work of attempting to update the content and presentation of Indian plays. In he case of India, where there are hundreds of gods who are more of less dealt with as though they truly exist, this is a refreshing idea that America could learn from. This author also seems to want to retain theater's ability to present large ideas effectively, and that too is laudable.

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