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Girish Karnad's play Hayavadana has various cultural implications, which are relevant even today. A Man's search for his own self among a web of complex relationships, Girish Karnad’s Hayavadana was influenced by Thomas Mann’s The Transposed Heads, which in turn is borrowed from one of the Sanskrit Kathasaritasagara stories. Culture defines society and Karnad’s plays are a ...more
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Published April 29th 1976 by Oxford University Press (first published 1975)
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Jul 28, 2014 Samar rated it really liked it
An excellent play! Karnad may well become one of my favorite dramatists yet. His techniques are nothing short of sheer brilliance. His is a world where children cannot speak, but dolls come alive-arguing, laughing, astute creatures of the unconscious. Apart from the mind-body conundrum, the idea of imperfection relating to identity questions stand out markedly. Karnad's characters are ambiguous, diverse creatures who seem rigid stereotypes at a glance but turn out to be imbued with myriad shades ...more
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Oct 06, 2014 Anshul Thakur rated it really liked it
Though it would be very unfair to judge a play from its written transcript, rather than seeing the performance on stage, I might add that I've tried to picture the characters in my head (except for their faces). Consider the following post as a review of the script of this play, ‘Hayavadana’. ‘Hayavadana’, or ‘Horse Head’ is an adaptation from Thomas Mann’s ‘The Transposed Heads’, which in itself is taken from ‘Kathasaritsagara’, an ancient collection of stories written in Sanskrit. Talk of old ...more
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I just finished reading a play titled 'Hayavadana', written by Girish Karnad (translated in Hindi by B.V. Karanth). 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.' A contemporary play which questions the social and moral perspective of the institution of marriage and arranged-marriage. For me, the most impressive facet about Karnad is his skill of depicting the complexities ...more
Oct 17, 2014 Jessy rated it really liked it
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This work of Girish Karnad poses a problem, that of human identity in a world of tangled relationships.Devadatta and Kapila are the closest of friends.. 'one mind , one heart'.. one a man of intellect, other a man of body. Their relations get complicated when Devadatta marries Padmini.. Padmini who needed the best of the two men.. mixes up her life..
And the result is confusion of identities which reveals the ambiguous nature of human personality
.. its a good work..
a good page turner.. and it w
Suresh Nair
Jul 16, 2014 Suresh Nair rated it liked it
Interesting combination of folk tale and drama. But did not delve into as much depth of the subject (individuality, personal identity) as I expected it to be. Maybe these things come out better in stage performances through the actors instead plain reading.
Feb 09, 2012 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.
It is an absolutely interesting drama dealing intensely with one's quest for identity.
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very nice play. Loved the concept of layered stories in play !!
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Have read it and seen it a number of times.
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Girish Raghunath Karnad (Konkani : गिरीश रघुनाथ कारनाड, Kannada : ಗಿರೀಶ ರಘುನಾಥ ಕಾರನಾಡ) (born 19 May 1938) is a contemporary writer, playwright, screenwriter, actor and movie director in Kannada language. His rise as a prominent playwright in 1960s, marked the coming of age of Modern Indian playwriting in Kannada, just as Badal Sarkar did it in Bengali, Vijay Tendulkar in Marathi, and Mohan Rakesh ...more
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