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Subversion and Closure: Reading Micro-Texts in Girish. Karnad’s Hayavadana and Naga-Mandala. Sudha Shastri. Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism. Read this article to know about the summary of the play Hayavadana by Girish Karnad, central theme of hayavadana, girish karnad hayavadana characters. Hayavadana is a popular play by Girish Karnad discussing about incompleteness, human relations, absurdism, sins, hypocrite ideals, etc.

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Devdutta is able to marry her, but not before his marriage proposal is carried to her by Kapila himself who on seeing Padmini, says: The play does not offer any reconciliation, but what it succeeds in doing, to a great extent, highlights the agony of negotiating the aforementioned debate. The secondary story involves a love triangle between two men who are best friends and a woman who desires both men for their specific qualities. Have read it and seen it a number of times.

Hayavadana by Girish Karnad

To ask other readers questions about Hayavadanaplease sign up. Talk of old Though it would be very unfair to judge a play from its written transcript, rather than seeing the performance on stage, I might add that I’ve tried to picture the characters in my head except for their faces.

Both are convinced that they cannot solve the matter of Padmini and thus decide to end their life by fighting. Some of the common techniques are to have a non-realistic teext design, costumes and props can be selectively realistic, including songs and music in the play intermittently. Sakshi Pruthi rated it did not like it Jan 16, This review textt been hidden because it contains hayaavdana.


The language as well as the plot are bound perfectly and the plot is really dense and engaging.

The body that forms a larger part of a person, or the head which contains the face that identifies someone? See 1 question about Hayavadana….

He is also the most eligible bachelor in terms of affluence and stature.


Playwrights whose creative energies were stimulated by Indian folk drama assimilated them variously in their plays. I usually am not mesmerised by Indian dramas but this one hayavadnaa out to be really good. Meanwhile, Devadatta also comes to the forest with a sword.

Hayavadana, Girish Karnad I took this as a casual, side text, recommended reading of a play for a course that I have taken.

Girish Karnad

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. It’s a play within a play, the show begins with an address to audience by the narrator- Bhagwat. The play also deals with woman emancipation.

Kapila sets out in his search and found him lying dead, he also beheads himself. Never have I ever come across such a refined portrayal of the idiosyncrasies that exist in our culture and society. Shubendra G rated it liked it Nov 09, Hayavadana, portrays the aspect of human nature- imperfection seeking perfection for happiness, and how the monotony of something apparently perfect leads to dissatisfaction in relationships.


In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Through the efforts of Kapila, Devadatta and Padmini get married. Nov 11, Samar rated it really liked it.

Swapna Chandramouli rated it it was ok Dec 23, A price must be payed and that price is death as the only sane option in an insane world. Bhagavata enquires Hayavadana about its condition, suspecting that some curse might have fallen on him.

Did Karnad do justice to her characterization? She is not for the likes of you. Aug 30, Nishtha Bhasin rated it it was amazing. Focusing on our folk culture, he takes inspiration from mythology and folklore. You can’t talk of Girish Karnad without mentioning the themes. He continues to amaze me with that proficiency even in plays which are based on folktales. Oct 06, Anshul Thakur rated it really liked it.