Yayati: Girish Karnad: first play, the critically acclaimed Yayati (), while still at Oxford. Centred on the story of a mythological king, the play established. As a reader of Karnad’s plays, one has to pay attention to their sources. Almost every text has a source in that the plot is derived f. Yayati (), the first literary attempt of Karnad, reinterprets an ancient myth from . spite of parents’ denial, Girish Karnad explored the new horizons and he .

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In Yayati, Karnad deals with the theme of responsibilities and deals with the exchange of personalities between the father and his son. 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.

Padma rated it it was amazing Feb 05, And it is revealing. In Yayati, all the characters are irresponsible. May 03, Neetha Philip rated it it was amazing. A mis-understanding yyati to a quarrel and Sharmishta pushes Devayani into a well. After bathing, Sharmishtha confuses Devayani’s sari with hers and puts it on instead.

This would naturally yayatu one of the plays and dance dramas of Tagore that were reinterpretations of stories from the two Indian epics; however the salient feature of Karnad’s text is the aspect of laying bare the inner recesses of the human psyche in the author’s own words. When Shukracharya came to know this, he uttered his curse on Yayati to become an old man.


Uparichara’s grandson, Jarasandha of Magadha, inherited that chariot.

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

For Yayati, the film, see Yayathi. He was one of the ancestors of Pandavas. One day Sharmishtha, daughter of the Danava king Vrishparva and Devayani, daughter of the Daitya sage Shukracharyago with Sharmishtha’s retinue to bathe in a forest pool not far from their home.

Nahusha eventually became arrogant and was punished severely. Or when Sharmishta tells Yayati, ‘To be a good slave is to have all your vileness extracted from you. Status Marking in Tamil – A Ph.

The volume reviewed here is the english translation by the author himself. Mar 04, Riddhiman rated it it was amazing. This little play of Karnad’s–his first–is just brilliant. Yayati was carried away with a wave of emotion to find the miserable plight of Sharmistha, a princess, in fact, and secretly married her in spite of the warning by his Father-in-Law that he should never let Sharmishtha share his bed. Yayati on the other hand is presented as a self obsessed king who can justify his every act, even his moral transgressions as a monarchical privilege.

Oct 27, Marcy rated it really liked it.

EBSCOhost | | Theme of Responsibility in Girish Karnad’s Yayati.

February Learn how and when to remove this template message. Pooru who is disinterested in the affairs of state and disillusioned karnar his own existence, agrees to take on the curse in place of his father. A play written in Kannada, Yayati was Karnad’s first play and the best I have read so far. Remote access to EBSCO’s databases is permitted to patrons of subscribing ysyati accessing from remote locations for personal, non-commercial use.


Many years later, Indra once more gave that same chariot to King Vasu Uparichara, another descendant of Puru. Mohammad Ali Salmani-Nodoushan, Ph.


For four decades Karnad has been composing plays, often using history and mythology to tackle contemporary issues. His torment and burden for Pooru’s youth is revealed in the following words.

This slur on herself and her father Vrishparva infuriates Sharmishtha. Hindu deities and texts.

From Srnjaya came a son named Janamejaya. I don’t know what I understood that time.

Deepa rated it really liked it Sep 09, Would love to see a stage production of it sometime. The nar Girish Karnad’s Yayati is one of the best reads in the past year. The Mahabharata mentions about Yayati’s achievements.

Ayus’s son was Nahusha who was educated by the Sage Vashistha.