Vol. 1, Issue 2 (2016)
Themes in the plays of Girish Karnad
Author(s): Rasak Annayat
Abstract: Girish Karnad is one of the most significant post-independence dramatists of India. He began his career as a dramatist in 1960 and the journey is still continuing. But it must b remembered that Girish Karnad became a dramatist by chance. He actually dreamt to be a poet but circumstances made him a dramatist. Girish Karnad’s plays thus are a mirror to the formation of contemporary Indian subjectivity against the backdrop of several ages, mythic, medieval to modern. He has a wider range in comparison to Vijay Tendulkar and Mahesh Dattani. Girish Karnad’s play marks a radical departure from his earlier play, Yayati which is concerned with Indian mythology; now he delves deep into the medieval history of India.