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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The volume reviewed here is the english translation by the author himself.

Theme of Responsibility in Girish Karnad’s Yayati.

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

For four decades Karnad has been composing plays, often using history and mythology to tackle contemporary issues. 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: This man yayafi been finest example of allrounder; Director, Actor, Theater artist, Playwright and Writer.


The protagonist, Yayati, is an irresponsible king and father. Wrick Kolkata rated it it was amazing Mar 25, A small play in four acts, it uses the mythological theme of King Yayati that appears in the Mahabharata as a construct.

Language of Mass Media: Pooru though a considerate son, shirks his responsibility as a husband.

When Shukracharya came to know this, he uttered his curse on Yayati to become an old man. 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 Kingdom lives on his blessings. For Yayati, the film, see Yayathi.

He married the Apsara Urvashi and had many sons, of whom Ayus was the eldest. Sharmistra’s fiery spirit combined with Deviyani’s pride bring out the complex nature of female character that was completely lost in the mythical version.

Drama is the oldest literary art which is meant for stage and action. After completing this book, now I am asking myself what was I doing at the age of Pooru is transformed from a dutiful and self-sacrificing son to an individual confronted with the 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 him.

Poru’s selfish, yet seemingly sacrificial personality combined with Yayati’s lack of “noble” personality traits speaks of ordinary people and their faults. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. In the play, Pooru is Yayati’s son from girisj earlier wife who is long since dead. Anoop rated it it was amazing Oct 24, Jyoti Singh rated it liked it Aug 04, Books by Girish Karnad. Thanks for telling us about the problem.


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

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 reasoning and takes back the curse from Pooru as an attempt at redemption.

The Mahabharata mentions about Yayati’s achievements.

There are several changes compared to the narrative in the Mahabharata, but that is not relevant for this review. But now reading it on the page, I’m finding it even more so. It remains such a resonant and powerful play. Eventually Devayani learns of her husband’s affair with Sharmishtha and complains to her firish. The distraught Devayani complains to her father and Shukracharya curses Yayati with premature old age and decripitude. The impact is overwhelming. Or when Sharmishta tells Yayati, ‘To be a good slave is to have all your vileness hayati from you.

Unable to resist, he beds her and wants to marry her, making her the second queen.

Girish Karnad’s Yayati was an exciting, thrilling read!. Or when she says, ‘I do have tears in my eyes.