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1 Girish Karnad
Collected Plays: Volume I: Comprising Tughlaq; Hayavadana; Bali: The Sacrifice; Naga-Mandala
Oxford University Press; New Delhi, India; 2005; 0195673107 / 9780195673104; First Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
This book is the first volume of a collection of plays by Girish Karnad, one of India's foremost dramatists and actors. It contains Tughlaq, Hayavana, Bali: The Sacrifice, and Naga-Mandala. 024963

Price: 11.95 USD
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2 (Ed.) Amrit Srinivasan; Preface By Girish Karnad
Knowledge Tradition Text: Approaches to Bharata's Natyasastra
Sangeet Natak Akademi; New Delhi, India; 2007; 8178711249 / 9788178711249; First Edition; Hard Cover; New; New; 
Printed pages: 190. 035900

Price: 8.00 USD
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3 Girish Karnad
The Dreams of Tipu Sultan: Bali: The Sacrifice. Two Plays By Girish Karnad
Oxford University Press; New Delhi, India; 2004; 0195664760 / 9780195664768; First Edition; Paperback; New; 
This is a collection of two new plays by Girish Karnad, one of India s foremost dramatists and actors. The first play introduces the reader to the visions of one of India s most famous rulers, and the second, to the inner conflict of violence vs. non-violence of a 10th century king faced with his queen s infidelity. The figure of Tipu Sultan has continued to dominate Indian and British imagination for over two centuries, as the endless flow of scholarly works, ballads, plays and novels about his tempestuous life and tragic end testifies. What however is less well known, is that this man, who spent a large part of his life on horseback, maintained a record of his dreams that he kept concealed from his nearest associates. The Dreams of Tipu Sultan, which explores the inner life of this warrior, political visionary and dreamer, was commissioned by the BBC and broadcast in Britain on the fiftieth anniversary of Indian Independence. Bali: The Sacrifice was staged on June 2002 at the L eicester Haymarket Theatre, UK. The king in the 10th cent. Jain myth, upon which the play is based, is devastated to discover that his queen is involved with an elephant-keeper. Circumstances force him to sacrifice a cockerel to the gods in order to avoid further evil befalling the family. But he is a Jain, and non-violence is a fundamental principle of Jain faith. In desperation, he substitutes a bird made of dough, with unexpected results. The myth is less concerned with actual violence than with the morality of substitution, which permits violence that is wider and more subtle by masking its appearance. Printed Pages: 133. 033298

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4 Girish Karnad
Yayati
Oxford University Press; New Delhi, India; 2007; 0195692365 / 9780195692365; First Edition; Paperback; New; 
In the Mahabharata, King Yayati is cursed to old age in the prime of life for a sexual misdemeanour of his and tries to circumvent the catastrophe by demanding that his son, Pooru, lend him his youth in exchange for the curse. This unusual myth about a parent's aggression against his offspring has inspired some of India's most eminent writers to explore it in fiction, poetry, and drama. Girish Karnad was only twenty-two when he attempted his interpretation in the play, Yayati. What makes his version of the tale so resonant, and startlingly original, is that he rejects the traditional glorification of the son's ''self-sacrifice' and, against a backdrop of lust, jealousy, and racial tensions, foregrounds the tragic choices with which the young prince and his bride are confronted. Angry, energetic, ambitious, and strongly influenced by the tragic vision of the Existentialists, the play immediately established Karnad's reputation as a dramatist in Kannada and launched him on his celebrated career in the Indian theatre. Yayati has been translated into different Indian languages and has continued to be performed all over the country during the half century since it was written. 019727

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