International Journal of Academic Research and Development

International Journal of Academic Research and Development


International Journal of Academic Research and Development
International Journal of Academic Research and Development
Vol. 1, Issue 2 (2016)

Themes in the plays of Girish Karnad


Rasak Annayat

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.
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