Get all the key plot points of Girish Karnad’s Hayavadana on one page. From the creators of SparkNotes. Girish Raghunath Karnad (born 19 May ) is an Indian actor, film director, Kannada writer, .. Vanashree Tripathi, Three Plays of Girish Karnad: Hayavadana, Tale-Danda, The Fire and the Rain, Prestige Books, New Delhi, Oxford university press ISBN: By Girish Karnad When I wrote this little blog post, on the interplay.

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The plot of Hayavadana comes from Kathasaritsagara, an ancient compilation of stories in Sanskrit. The original story poses a moral problem whereas Mann uses it to ridicule the mechanical notion of life which differentiates between body and soul. He ridicules the virish which holds the head superior to the body.

The human body, Mann argues, is a device for the completion of human destiny. Even the transposition of heads did not liberate the protagonists from the psychological limits imposed by nature.


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Their relations get complicated when Devadatta marries Padmini. Kapila falls in love with Padmini and she too starts drifting towards him. Kali understood each individuals moral fibre and was indifferent than the usual stereotypical portrayal of god and goddesses.

The result is a confusion of identities which reveals the ambiguous nature of human personality. But slowly he changes to his former self. So does Kapila, faster than Devadatta.

But there is a difference. Padmini, after the exchange of heads, had felt that she had the best of both the men, gets slowly disappointed.

Of the three only she has the capacity for complete experience. She understands but cannot control the circumstances in which she is placed. Her situation is beautifully summed up by the image of river and the scarecrow in the choric songs.

Hayavadana by Girish Karnad

A swordfight that leaves both the friends dead brings the baffling story to end. The death of the three protagonists was not portrayed tragically; the deaths serve only to emphasize the logic behind the absurdity of the situation.

The animal body triumphs over what is considered, the best in man, the Uttamaga, the human heads! Karnad uses the conventions and motifs of folk tales and folk theatre — masks, curtain, dolls, and the story-within-a-story-to create a bizarre world. His hayavxdana plot revolves around a world of incomplete individuals, indifferent gods, dolls that speak and children who firish, a world unsympathetic to the desire and frustration, joys and sorrows of human beings.



What is real is only the tremendous, absurd energy of the horse and its rider who move around the stage symbolizing the powerful but monotonous rhythm of life. He has the outstanding ability and the power to transform any situation into an aesthetic experience. Posted by The Pacifist at 8: Newer Post Older Post Home.