The first play that has made it to my list on the Birthday Bookathon — travelling around India through literature. Karnad has himself translated the English version which is a huge plus point. Very often certain nuances of the original writing are lost in translation, so it helps when the original writer has done the translation himself and you know the translated work is as closely connected to the original as the writer intended it to be. Playwriting in Kannada literature is usually a mere literary exercise, with no contact whatsover with the living stage. Playwrights like Karnad, however, are the few who have connected first-hand knowledge of the practical demands of the stage and better understanding of dramatic style and technique to their literary endeavors. The plot has been derived from Kathasaritsagara — an ancient collection of stories in the Sanskrit language.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Hayavadana by Girish Karnad. Hayavadana by Girish Karnad. Girish Karnad's play Hayavadana has various cultural implications, which are relevant even today.

Focusing on our folk culture, he takes inspiration from mythology and folklore. With Hayavadana, Karnad has taken us back to the myths and legends of the Hindu religion. Get A Copy. Paperback , 82 pages. Published April 29th by Oxford University Press first published More Details Original Title.

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Character sketch of devadatta, kapila, padmini. See 1 question about Hayavadana…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. Sort order. Start your review of Hayavadana. Jan 22, Sumallya Mukhopadhyay rated it really liked it. Hayavadana, Girish Karnad I took this as a casual, side text, recommended reading of a play for a course that I have taken. My area of specialisation does not cover theatre.

I have not watched the play being performed. So I will not be able to comment on the theatrical implications and the performative dynamics of the text. Instead, I would comment on the narrative design of the text and its politics of rendering a story.

The play brings to my mind the early modernist debate concerning the body a Hayavadana, Girish Karnad I took this as a casual, side text, recommended reading of a play for a course that I have taken. 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.

Perhaps this is why Padmini is not satisfied with her feelings towards Devdatta and Kapila. She watches them die to bring an end to her desire of polyandry. Did Karnad do justice to her characterization?

I am sure many will disagree with the ending she got. If she were as dazzling as Draupaudi, the play would not have been able to align its politics in the right direction. Hayavadana is dipped in sexuality. It is also percolates a certain ambiguity that remains equidistant between a tragedy and a comedy.

It has elements of magic realism that helps the play reach its end. Its narration is crisp, quick and, at the same time, highly nuanced. Most importantly, it keeps you thinking. The play stands out because unlike many contemporary literature on theatre, it does not resort to simple imitative ineffectiveness of Western cultural theatre; instead, it experiments with Indian folk theatre form by drawing from our own cultural resources.

Dec 23, Ananya Ghosh rated it liked it Shelves: existentialist , indian , literature , drama , absurdist , post-modern , indian-literature. I usually am not mesmerised by Indian dramas but this one turned out to be really good. The story invloves a plot within a plot that merge on a plane and has elements of existentialism, absurdity, dream and so much more, a perfect amalgamation of elements to create a post modern work, also involving traditional methods from Sanskrit drama like the 'Sutradhar' or narrator who creates a medium of dialogue between the audience and the actors.

The primary story is about a man with a horse's head seek I usually am not mesmerised by Indian dramas but this one turned out to be really good.

The primary story is about a man with a horse's head seeking completion in life in the form of a human. 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. The secondary story is adapted from Indian mythology and serves as a perfect accompaniment with the Horse's tale. The language as well as the plot are bound perfectly and the plot is really dense and engaging.

I really loved this one and recommend it to readers of Indian drama since its a classic. Jan 28, Mythili rated it it was ok. I liked: the playfulness, the scattered references to stories like Shakuntala and Meghaduta's. I didn't like: the gender roles and the ending. I wonder if seeing this on stage or studying it in the classroom would've made me like it more.

Or if I need to read The Transposed Heads to "get" it. Oct 10, Aditi rated it really liked it Shelves: plays. I just finished reading a play titled 'Hayavadana', written by Girish Karnad translated in Hindi by B.

In the past, I have had the opportunity of reading, watching and working on plays and stories written by Karnad. The most recent production I saw, was 'The Wedding Album. For me, the most impressive facet about Karnad is his skill of depicting the complexities I just finished reading a play titled 'Hayavadana', written by Girish Karnad translated in Hindi by B.

For me, the most impressive facet about Karnad is his skill of depicting the complexities and inner battles of his characters.

He continues to amaze me with that proficiency even in plays which are based on folktales. Since folktales tie the practical and esoteric in a narrative, it can become difficult to refine the layers in characters of such tales portrayed in form of a play and yet hold the essence of that tale.

Brecht is known for his theory and practice of 'Epic Theatre. Some of the common techniques are to have a non-realistic set design, costumes and props can be selectively realistic, including songs and music in the play intermittently. Actors commonly address the audience directly, breaking the fourth-wall. I found several features common to this theory in Hayavadana: 1. It's a play within a play, the show begins with an address to audience by the narrator- Bhagwat.

He begins with telling a story which is 'performed as a play' on the stage by the actors. The narrator also becomes a character in that story. There are verses and songs which often give a message to the audience this makes it a musical play! There are references of involving the audience's opinions on the problems raised.

The props and costumes are selectively realistic. The actors think loud and express their inner feelings and reactions in words to the audience. Girish Karnad has also included the elements of folklore, which strengthen the elements of epic theatre.

For example, the conversation between the dolls, the story of Hayavadana, who is first half horse and then by Kali's blessing becomes a complete horse with a human mind and voice. 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. For example- Padmini's attraction for Kapil's physical attributes and skills overlooks Devdatta's commitment and love for her; Devdatta's longing and devotion for Padmini, as an inspiration for his poetry because for him she is an epitome of beauty, overlooks the relationship between Kapil and Padmini; the beautiful yet unhappy dolls, who are owned by individuals not wealthy enough to take proper care of them and continue to curse their owners.

The playwright conveys the truth that the only thing that is constant is change and that the humans can never be complete. It is that search that keeps us going. Wonderful work! View 2 comments.

Jul 18, Revanth Ukkalam added it Shelves: indian-language-literature , theatre. The play is written in the structure of early classical Sanskrit theatre and is reminiscent of Bhasa. Karnad yet again writes something that only he can pull off: theatre of the absurd meets the supernaturalism of Hindu legend. Karnad takes this opportunity to ask all the bizarre questions that he had left in him: who is really the man - the head or the body?

What if animals sang anthems?


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