Yayati: Girish Karnad: first play, the critically acclaimed Yayati (), while still at Oxford. Centred on the story of a mythological king, the play established. As a reader of Karnad’s plays, one has to pay attention to their sources. Almost every text has a source in that the plot is derived f. Yayati (), the first literary attempt of Karnad, reinterprets an ancient myth from . spite of parents’ denial, Girish Karnad explored the new horizons and he .

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Swarnalata’s monologue to Chitralekha, describing her own story; Chitralekha defying, challenging and revealing the hollowness of Yayati’s logic this is masterful and in Yayati’s final statement: Or when she says, ‘I do have tears in my eyes. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. In Yayati, all the characters are irresponsible.

However, remote access to EBSCO’s databases from non-subscribing institutions is not allowed if the purpose of the use is for commercial gain through cost reduction or avoidance for a non-subscribing institution. But now reading it on the page, I’m finding it even more so. Thus, Yayati’s disillusionment is complete only with saturation.

Yayati rushes to stop her only to realise that in doing so, he has held her by the right hand! Ayus completed his education from Sage Chyavana and married the Asura princess Prabha.

Devayani-Swarnalata, Devayani-Sharmishta, Sharmishta-Yayati, Chitralekha-Swarnalata and Chitralekha-Yayati, we are given a peek into the recesses of each of their psyches. I read his play Tughalak when I was in highschool. He gave aways mountains of gold and yzyati of cows to Brahmanas. Preview — Yayati by Girish Karnad. Status Marking in Tamil – A Ph. Yayari masterfulness of the play and the playwright are actually in three instances in the last act: I snarl because I want to retain a particle of my original self.


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His torment and burden for Pooru’s youth is revealed in the following words. Devayani returns, scolds Sharmishtha for her mistake and belittles her with the jibe that she is the daughter of Shukracharya Shukracharya being a sage and high priest and indeed the guru of all the Asuras – no mere employee as Vrishparva’s and their Yxyati lives on his blessings.

In each of the conversations: Drama is the oldest literary art which is meant for stage and action. It is his son, Pooru, who finally offers to do this for his father. This would naturally remind one of the plays and dance dramas of Tagore that were reinterpretations of stories from the two Indian epics; however the salient feature of Karnad’s text is the aspect of laying bare the inner recesses of the human psyche in the author’s own words. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.

Theme of Responsibility in Girish Karnad’s Yayati.

Refresh and try again. Would love to see a stage production of it sometime.

Devayani was the daughter of Shukracharyathe priest of the Asuras the demons. Sharmishtha also agrees to yayzti to save the kingdom and becomes Devayani’s maidservant. He is a recipient of the Jnanpith Award for Kannada, the highest literary honour conferred in India.

Yayati on the other hand is presented as a self obsessed king who can justify his every act, even his moral transgressions as a monarchical privilege. Nahusha eventually became arrogant and was punished severely. In girush play, Pooru is Yayati’s son from an earlier wife who is long since dead.

But then, that is why this play is a masterpiece. This is only the beginning part of the article. Oarnad psychological aspects behind it? Retrieved from ” https: It remains such a resonant and powerful play. It may seem obscene, violent. Chandra’s son was Budha. Please write to the Editor in his e-mail address msthirumalai2 gmail.


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The protagonist, Yayati, is an irresponsible king and father. Wrick Kolkata rated it it was amazing Mar 25, To ask other readers questions about Yayatiplease sign up. Hindu deities and texts. Nahusha ruled over the ywyati worlds with the guidance of Sage Brihaspati foryears.

Yayati: A Play Translated from the Original Kannada by the Author by Girish Karnad

Nevertheless, Sharmishtha manages finally to convince him, saying that it would be against Dharma if he were to refuse her request; he being the king, it is his responsibility to ensure yayaati needs of the citizens and she is desperate to have a child.

The chariot became a family heirloom among the descendants of Puru. Many years later, Indra once more gave that same chariot to King Vasu Uparichara, another descendant of Puru. Vidya Dumbla rated it it was amazing Apr yaayati,