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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Hayavadana Summary | Girish Karnad | English Summary

A must read book that makes one ponder over human identities. In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: The playwright conveys the truth that the only thing that is constant is change and that the humans can never be complete. He tells Bhagavata that on hayavdaana way Hayavadhana left him alone and he returned back.

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Hayavadana is again imbued with the same wit and humour that characterised Nagamandala, however this play is more concerned with exploring some deep philosophical questions about the body, mind and soul. However, when Devadatta shows his seriousness towards his love, Kapila also becomes serious. She also asks him to complete the uncompleted love by sleeping with him. Jagadish rated it really liked it Apr 01, Devadatta and Kapila are the closest of friends.


Roshan Singh rated it really hayavadxna it Aug 17, 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. Jun 17, Suresh Nair rated it liked it. Want to Read saving….

There are verses and songs which often give a message to the audience this makes it a musical play! Playwrights whose creative energies were stimulated by Indian folk drama assimilated them variously in their plays.

They resist but Devadatta does not listen to hayavaana and both hauavadana away ultimately. Apr 14, Renata rated it really liked it. Both Padmini and Devadatta return back happily. Never have I ever come across such a refined portrayal of the idiosyncrasies that exist in our culture and society. One day the three decide to visit some fair in Ujjain. Paperback82 pages.

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. Maybe these things come out better in stage performances through the actors instead plain reading.

Some of the common techniques are to have a non-realistic set design, costumes and props can be selectively realistic, including songs and music teext the play intermittently.


Vaishak rated it it was ok Jul 15, The narrator also becomes a character in that story. However, Hayavadana rejecting his opinion tells that his mother, a princess fell in love with a horse.

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Read Further at Inflibnet. View freely available titles: I feel Karnad deserves praise for the way he employed this technique. Masks, asides, puppetry and absurd elements altogether combine to impart “Hayavadana” the role of hayavadan microcosmic, Postmodern depiction of a world increasingly unable to lend words to thoughts.

Actor Actor-2 comes running and tells Bhagavata that he has seen a horse reciting National Anthem of India. Shubendra G rated it liked it Nov 09, The most recent production I saw, was ‘The Wedding Album. I usually am not mesmerised by Indian dramas but this one turned out to be really hayavaddana. The play also deals with woman emancipation.