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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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Brahma’s son was Atri, a Brahmarshi. A small play in four karna, it uses the mythological theme of King Yayati that appears in the Mahabharata as a construct. Ravindranath Reddy rated it really liked it Nov 27, Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Girish Karnad skillfully weaves the myth of yayati, creating realistic, believable characters. Yayati could redeem this curse only if someone was willing to exchange his youth with him. Ayus completed his education from Karnd Chyavana and married the Asura princess Prabha. It remains such a resonant and pow This little play of Karnad’s–his first–is just brilliant. Karnad has borrowed the myth from great Indian epic Mahabharta and other Puranas.

Event – Yayati By Girish Karnad

Devayani is distraught on realising this. The Editorial Board has the right to accept, reject, or suggest modifications to the articles submitted for publication, and to make suitable stylistic adjustments.


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. Boovitha Arumugam rated it it was amazing Jun 27, I saw it on stage at Ranga Shankara in Bengaluru a year or so karnar and it was mesmerising.

To ask other readers questions about Yayatiplease gifish up. The young bride Chitralekha demonstrates to Yayati his shortcomings and he realises his foibles. But Yayati is marvelous play. Sugu rated it really liked it Jun 21, He performed Rajasuyas, Ashwamedhas, Vajapeyas, Atiratras, Pundarikas and innumerable Agnishthomas and Chaturmasyas.

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After bathing, Sharmishtha confuses Devayani’s sari with hers and puts it on instead. Ullas Poojary rated it it was amazing Jul marnad, 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. 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 griish hold no meaning for him.

In Yayati, all the characters are irresponsible.


Ravi rated it it was amazing Jan 06, The play opens when Yayati is married to Devayani, the daughter of demons’ guru Shukracharya. He has translated his major plays into English, and has received critical acclaim across India. In a manner that I have never experienced before.


Devayani returns, scolds Sharmishtha for her mistake and belittles her with the jibe that she yayatj 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. Pratyusha Bhaskar rated it liked it Jun 30, One who aspires to peace and happiness should instantly renounce craving and seek instead that which neither grows old, nor ceases – no matter how old the body may become.

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

The Mahabharata mentions about Yayati’s achievements. But the world only cares for the embers there.

Shukracharya also said the only concession he could give was that if Yayati wanted he could give his old age to someone and take their youth from him. I don’t know what I understood that time.