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

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Yayati, Girish Karnard's first play, was written in 1960 and won the Mysore State Award in 1962. It is based on an episode in the Mahabharata, where Yayati, one of the ancestors of the Pandavas, is given the curse of premature old age by his father-in-law, Shukracharya, who is incensed by Yayati's infidelity. Yayati could redeem this curse only if someone was willing to ex ...more
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RustyJ
Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Girish Karnad's Yayati is one of the best reads in the past year.

A play written in Kannada, Yayati was Karnad's first play and the best I have read so far. The volume reviewed here is the english translation by the author himself. A small play in four acts, it uses the mythological theme of King Yayati that appears in the Mahabharata as a construct. Based on this construct, the playwright dissects and lays bare the psyche and inner recesses of the human mind. The impact is overwhelming.

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Santhosh
Jul 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
This man has been finest example of allrounder; Director, Actor, Theater artist, Playwright and Writer.. Awards includes Jnana pita, National Award, Padmashri , Padmabhushana , Sahitya Academy. In a young age (23) he wrote this Drama Yayati. After completing this book, now I am asking myself what was I doing at the age of 23. Studied MA in Oxford University, whose mother tongue is Konkani, but wrote his work in Kannada. The way he has linked the character, the way he has changed the mythological ...more
Marcy
Oct 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
This little play of Karnad's--his first--is just brilliant. I saw it on stage at Ranga Shankara in Bengaluru a year or so ago and it was mesmerising. But now reading it on the page, I'm finding it even more so. I love the way he reworks the story of Yayati from Mahabharata, the way a simple story reveals so much about human nature, the way each of the characters enacts or experiences various forms of psychological violence at the hands of those closest to them. It remains such a resonant and pow ...more
Neetha Philip
May 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved Yayati. Girish Karnad skillfully weaves the myth of yayati, creating realistic, believable characters. 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. Poru's selfish, yet seemingly sacrificial personality combined with Yayati's lack of "noble" personality traits speaks of ordinary people and their faults. Girish Karnad's Yayati was an exciting, thrilling read!.
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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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