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Chitra - A Play in One Act

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This lyrical drama was written about twenty-five years ago. It is based on the following story from the Mahab-harata. In the course of his wanderings, in fulfilment of a vow of penance, Arjuna came to Manipur. There he saw Chitrangada, the beautiful daughter of Chitravahana, the king of the country. Smijten with her charms, he asked the king for the hand of his daughter in ...more
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Published April 28th 2007 by Book Jungle (first published 1892)
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Somyajeet
Jan 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Spurious fame spreads from tongue to tongue like the fog of the early dawn before the sun rises."
--Chitra by Rabindranath Tagore

Too True!
Ivy Samuel
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A story of love's longing, of love's desperation, love's foolishness and finally, love's truth and dignity. No one tells it better than Tagore. Chitrangada, the beautiful daughter of Chitravahana, the King of Manipur, has been raised like a prince. She is strong and accomplished instead of feminine and retiring. She is renowned for her virtues of loyalty, strength and fearlessness rather than her looks. The plain girl however falls in love - with Arjuna no less - and wishes more than anything el ...more
Noshin Syara
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ছোটট আবেগ বল আর যাই বল, উনার মত ভাল বরননা আর কেউ দিতে পারে না ...more
Nivedita Bansal
Jan 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, short-stories
A nice play based on the story of Arjuna and Chitrangada from Mahabharata. Princess Chitrangada, who was a warrior and was always brought up like a boy, falls in love with Arjuna but he, unaware of her true identity, rejects her for she was too ordinary and lacked feminine beauty. She then asks Madana and Vasanta (Gods of love and youth) to bless her with perfect beauty of a woman. Being granted this wish, she succeeds in wooing Arjuna but as the time passed; she felt that her body has become he ...more
Greg
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama
The play, “Chitra” is a short play taken from the “Mahabharata.” Chitra is a great warrior and a woman, but has been raised as a boy because her father, the king, had no male heir. The gods Madana and Vasanta give her a chance to spend time with her love, Arjuna, despite the fact that he has taken a vow of celibacy. Arjuna is taken with her beauty, but becomes unhappy that Arjuna is moved to give up his vow of celibacy. She asks the gods to remove the false image of herself so that Arjuna can di ...more
Dmk
I don't know, maybe it's just because I knew so litle about Indian literature... or maybe this really is just a boring play with dull plot written in truly uninteresting, unentertaining way.
Akshay
Feb 08, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The introductory statement in the Sanskrit version of the Mahabharata asserts that ‘The tree of the Bharata, inexhaustible to mankind as the clouds, shall be a source of livelihood to all distinguished poets.’ In hindsight, one realises the truth in such a prophetic statement made by Vyasa, given how the Mahabharata defines the Indian literary sphere. The Mahabharata, itself, has had multiple retellings and interpretations among Indian languages.

In the course of his 12 year exile, the Pandava p
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محمود أغيورلي
مقتطفات من مسرحية شيترا للكاتب طاغور
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- إني لاجهل حيل المرأة في قنص القلوب , ان ذراعي العبلتين لا تعرفان سوى عطف القوس , انا لم ارى سهام كيوبيد يوما , و لم ادر ما هو لعب العيون !
- محال تعلم لعب كهذا , انه لا يلقن يا فتاتي , الا تعلمين بأن العيون لتجهل كيف ترمي سهامها , ولكن قلبا جريحا بسهم , ليعرف ذلك حقاً
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لا , لست كتلك المرأة التي تضمر يأسها بالصمت والعزلة و تنضحه بعبرات الليالي و تواريه بالبسمة الصابرة نهاراً , ولا كتلك المرأة الأيم التي فطرت على الترمل منذ مولد
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Azheen Bajalan
Mar 07, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
شيترا : انت ارجونا ؟
ارجونا : اجل ، انا الضيف الجائع الى الحب ، جاء يقرع بابك .

شيترا / طاغور
الادب الهندي / 70 صفحة

تعتمد هذه المسرحية الغنائية على القصة المأخوذة عن " المهابهاراتا " فيما كان " أرجونا " يسعى في مضطربه ، استجابة لنذر له توقف في " مانيبور " وبصر ثمة بالحسناء " شيترانفادا " ابنة " شيترافاهانا " ملك المقاطعة ، ففتن بقسماتها وخطبها إلى أبيها واستوضحه " شترا فاهانا " عن شخصة ، ولما عرف أن الماثل أمامه هو " ارجونا باندافا " اشترط عليه أن الغلام الذي سيولد منها ، ينبغي أن تنحدر منه سلالته
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PRINCESS
Dec 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016

This Play was written based on the following story:
In the course of his wanderings and in fulfillment of a vow of self-punishment, Arjuna came to Manipur. There he saw Chitrangada; the daughter of Chitravahana; the king of the country.
He asked the king for the hand of his daughter. Chitravahana asked him who he was, and learning that he was Arjuna the Pandara, told him that Prabhanjana; one of his relatives in the kingly line of Manipur, had long been childless. In order to obtain an heir, he p
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Marts  (Thinker)
Apr 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
This play is all about Chitra who's got a little problem.
Now Chitra is a princess who, due to her father not having a son, is brought up rather manly so she isn't that attractive. Then she happens to see Arjuna in the forest, falls in love with him and asks her really cool 'friend' who happens to be a god, to physically change her for a while so Arjuna will notice her. All this transpires, but Chitra must remember that the change is temporary... Does Arjuna find out???...

This play is well writt
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Mazel
Aug 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: roman
Bhupati consacre sa vie au journal anglophone qu'il a fondé.

Il en délaisse sa femme, la belle et jeune Chârulatâ, et confie à son cousin Amal, étudiant qu'il héberge, le soin de la distraire...

A sa parution, au tout début du XXe siècle, Chârulatâ scandalise la bonne société bengalie.

Aujourd'hui, on admire la critique des mœurs, la très subtile tension érotique et, plus singulièrement, les rapports ici clandestins entre séduction et littérature.

Ironie et poésie donnent à cette passion inassou
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Allison
This play was written in a very lovely, poetic fashion, and the style is so unique that it's easy to recommend on that basis. It was nice to see the message that it's more important for a woman to be tough, smart, and well-rounded than beautiful in a text old enough to be in the public domain, too, even if this is from the 20th century. I felt like this play was a bit slow moving, though, and even if that was the point of the whole thing, it wasn't quite to my taste. However, I plan to read more ...more
Harperac
Oct 16, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: india, drama
Not bad, but nothing special. I'm not sure if it's the translator's fault, or Tagore's, but the language was not as fresh as his other stuff (Gitanjali, The Gardener). The dramatic element was pretty slack; however I wouldn't want to judge it based on my mainly Western understanding of drama. Just to warn the reader that there is little in the way of drama as we know it. It struck me as a less good version of a Noh play.

Yeah. So, I wouldn't really recommend it to anyone.
Nick
preeeetty good, although radical feminists will not really like.

At first it seems like a generic redo of a romance story from the epics, but its more than that. What I really loved about it was the language. Even in English it was subtle, sensuous and symbolic.

Negatives: Linear, and highly predictable plot.
Mrittika Deb
Oct 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tagore, play
"I am Chitra. No goddess to be worshiped, nor yet the object of common pity to be brushed aside like a moth with indifference. If you deign to keep me by your side in the path of danger and daring, if you allow me to share the great duties of your life, then you will know my true self."

I admire Chitra so much!
Denim Datta
Sep 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic
পূজা করি মোরে রাখিবে ঊরধবে
সে নহি নহি,
হেলা করি মোরে রাখিবে পিছে
সে নহি নহি।
যদি পারশবে রাখ মোরে
সংকটে সমপদে,
সমমতি দাও যদি কঠিন বরতে
সহায় হতে,
পাবে তবে তুমি চিনিতে মোরে। - (চিতরাঙগদা - রবীনদরনাথ ঠাকুর)
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Erik Graff
Apr 25, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tagore fans
Recommended to Erik by: Michael Miley
Shelves: drama
I believe an old edition of this play was found in a used bookstore in SW Michigan during the summer I lived there with Martin and Fin, my little brother. I knew who Tagore was and wanted to sample him thanks to the influence of Michael Miley.
فاطمة الأمير
قصة شعرية قصيرة ذات معانٍ جميلة، لمن يفهم طبيعة المرأة وتفكيرها وما قد يؤذيها.
Katie Daniels
Apr 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: india
I loved this play. There are layers upon layers of depth here. I'd love to expand it into a movie someday. And there are so many true feminist comments that can be made about it.
Velikanova
Dec 31, 2015 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: challenge-2016
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Dian
Jun 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
really love this book...
Lotfia
May 06, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
audio book
Janice Raquela
May 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
GOOD RAPID READ
Swathi Kamath
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a short play, yet so much message it gives. "Love" can make you go to any extent. But being yourself and expressing love is something not everyone can do. We transform ourselves to impress people. But achieving it by not losing your identity is a challenge. Never lose the "real" you to achieve something is what this poem mainly conveys.
Manoj Sharma
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A superb story told by a master by way of a play

The Indian Noble prize winning author has created a beautiful and enchanting story and presented it as a play. Definitely a must read for every indian
Anetq
Aug 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nobel
An indian traditional tale, wrapped in old-style English language. Maybe it works better as a play.
Akshay Puradkar
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Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913 "because of his profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse, by which, with consummate skill, he has made his poetic thought, expressed in his own English words, a part of the literature of the West."

Tagore modernised Bengali art by spurning rigid classical forms and resisting linguistic strictures. His novels, stories, songs, dance-dramas, and ess
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