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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Karnad may well become one of my favorite dramatists yet. Focusing on our folk culture, he takes inspiration from mythology and folklore.

Paperback82 pages. However, in a course of time, Padmini gets attracted towards the Kapila because of his strong body and Devadatta becomes aware of it. What makes us who we are? 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. With Hayavadana, Karnad has taken us back to the myths and legends of the Hindu religion.

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. Elaborating the principal features of their identification and delineation, the paper aims to illustrate the strategic positions of the riddle and oath in the plays, and the ways in which they confront and then subvert prior expectations of the reader.


Oct 10, Aditi rated it really liked it Shelves: The play is divided into two acts.

Want to Read saving…. He tells an anecdote of two best friends namely Devadatta man of mind and Kapila man of the body.

Lists with This Book. Oct 12, Malvika rated it really liked it Shelves: The idea of Ba I didn’t like the plot tbh but there’s a reason why I’m giving this book 4 stars, which I believe it definitely deserves.

But did not delve into as much depth of the subject individuality, personal identity as Hayaavdana expected it to be. I found several features common to this theory in Hayavadana: Use of magical realism: Vinayak Pattar rated it really liked it Aug 04, Actors commonly address the audience bayavadana, breaking the fourth-wall. He begins with telling a story which is ‘performed as a play’ on the stage by the actors.

While Bhagavata is in confusion, Actor-1 arrives with a child who was handed over to him by the tribe in the forest who cannot speak while he had gone hayavadans Hayavadhana. Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves.


The two are less best friends, but more like two bodies, but one mind and one heart. He is a recipient of the Jnanpith Award for Kannada, the highest literary honour conferred in India. The most recent production I saw, was ‘The Wedding Album. Both Padmini and Devadatta return back happily. Meanwhile, Devadatta also comes hayafadana the forest with a sword.


Hayavadana Summary | Girish Karnad | English Summary

What got left behind was the folk theatre prevalent in the Indian countryside, and this included several regionally distinct styles. 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 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. Thus he cursed her and she became a horse and later on gave birth to Hayavadana.

The props and costumes are selectively realistic. Padmini, the daughter to a wealthy merchant in the same city, does not hesitate in speaking her heart. And I yext the idea of incompleteness.

Apart from the mind-body conundrum, the idea of imperfection relating to identity questions stand out markedly. Open Preview See a Problem?

This isn’t the complete review, if you like it, and would want to read the rest of it, please visit Aesthetic Blasphemy There are verses and songs which often give a message to the audience this makes it a musical play!