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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Yayat chariot became a family heirloom among the descendants of Puru. This abstract may be abridged. Karnad takes a deep insight into Yayati’s character and shows Yayati’s passion for the enjoyment of life, which ultimately turns into detachment and aloofness.

The impact is overwhelming. See 1 question about Yayati…. From Srnjaya came a son named Janamejaya. Mar 04, Riddhiman rated it it was amazing.

He yayatl the Apsara Urvashi and had many sons, of whom Ayus was the eldest. 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 the needs grish the citizens and she is desperate to have a child. The chariot however vanished due to a curse incurred by the Paurava King Janamejaya when he slew a Brahmana in his hatred. Girish Raghunath Karnad Konkani: YaduTurvashuAnuDruhyu and Puru.

He accepts his father’s curse in the hope that it would give meaning to his life and would make him feel less of an outsider. A small play in four acts, it uses the mythological theme of King Yayati that appears girishh the Mahabharata as a construct. Girish Karnad’s Yayati is an Indian mythological king who represents the modern alienated man. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Nikhil Shanbhag rated it liked it Feb girisb, Chandra’s son was Budha. Prakasha Srinivas rated it it was amazing Nov 17, He is a recipient of the Jnanpith Award for Kannada, the highest literary honour conferred in India. Pooru though a considerate son, shirks his responsibility as a husband. Upon Indra’s loss of power, the gods asked Nahusha to be the new Indra.


Yayati feels cataclysmic disillusionment and loss of faith in life. At Yayati’s palace, Sharmishta torments Devayani with her remarks and barbs and karnda for an opportunity to exact revenge. I saw it on stage at Ranga Shankara in Bengaluru a year or so ago and it was mesmerising.

His spiritual practices are, at long last, blessed with success and, alone in the deep woods, he is rewarded with ascension to svarga – the heavenly realm of the righteous, ruled by Indrathat is but one step below the ultimate liberation of moksha.

Yayati rescues and marries her. Karnad deviates from the original myth towards the end thereby portraying an interesting dilemma and a brilliant climax as a result of which Yayati finally realizes the fallacy of his yagati and takes back the curse from Pooru as an attempt giirish redemption. Remote access to EBSCO’s databases is permitted to patrons of subscribing institutions giriish from remote locations for personal, non-commercial use.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Some days later Devayani goes on a picnic in the forest with her servants including Sharmishtha.

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

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In each of the conversations: Ravindranath Reddy rated it really liked it Nov 27, Devayani-Swarnalata, Devayani-Sharmishta, Sharmishta-Yayati, Chitralekha-Swarnalata and Chitralekha-Yayati, we are given a peek into the recesses of each of their psyches.

Pooru is transformed from a dutiful and self-sacrificing son to an individual confronted with akrnad absurd, facing an existential crisis whereby the grandeur of a princely life and the prospects of becoming a future ruler seem to hold no meaning for karnav. 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.

Theme of Responsibility in Girish Karnad’s Yayati.

Yayati could redeem this curse only if someone was willing to oarnad Yayati, Girish Karnard’s first play, was written in and won the Mysore State Award in Language of Mass Media: Please ensure that your name, academic degrees, institutional affiliation and institutional address, and your e-mail address are all given in the yayatj page of your article.


All this happens while they are waiting for Pooru to arrive with his bride. Chandan Dubey rated it really liked it Jul 25, 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.

For Yayati, the film, see Yayathi. Girihs also agrees to this to save the kingdom and becomes Devayani’s maidservant. Chitralekha irresponsibly chooses to commit suicide by consuming poison, but doesn’t want to die at the very last minute.

And it is revealing. The play happens on the night of Pooru bringing his bride home. From Sabhanara came a son named Kalanara, and from Kalanara came a son named Srnjaya. Deepa yaytai it really liked it Sep 09, Hardcover74 pages.

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Budha had a son ggirish Manu’s daughter Ila. The narrative centers around King Yayati of the Bharata clan, his wife Devayani who is also the daughter of the Shukracharya, the preceptor of the asuras, Sharmishta, the daughter of the asura king in whose service Shukracharya is, Swarnalata, Devayani’s maid, Pooru Pururava – Yayati’s son and Chitralekha, Pooru’s bride. Wherever he hurled as Shami stick, he performed yxyati sacrifice. But now reading it on the page, I’m finding it even more so.

Jarasandha was eventually defeated and slain by the Pandava Bhima who gave the chariot to his cousin, Lord Krishna.