Girish Karnad Analysis

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Girish Karnad is a many sided personality. He is a noted stage actor, playwright, film actor, television artist and a creative figure. Karnad 's plays reflect the contemporary Indian and social and cultural life with the use of folk tales, myths and historical legends. Karnad 's plays are particularly concerned with the psychological problems, dilemmas and conflicts experienced by modern Indian men and women.
This paper is an attempt to the study of Karnad 's Tughlaq as a historical play. Girish Karnad who translated his two plays Tughlaq and Hayavadan into English is a first rank dramatist in Indian English literature. He was highly influenced by the trends in Kannada literature. Karnad took legend, history and myth for the plots of three plays written by him.
Tughlaq, which was published in Kannada in 1964, is Karnad 's second play. Tughlaq is a
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Karnad make some deviations from history, which he thinks essential for dramatic purposes. In Karnad 's Tughlaq the king Tughlaq ruled for five years out of 26 years of Tughlaq’s reign. This is necessary from the point of view of dramatic precision and condensation. Karnad ingeniously creates the atmosphere of mutual distrust, frustated idealism, communal intolerance, religious bigotry, treachery and sedition and corruption, Tughlaq 's unmitigated blood thirstiness and his, final disillusionment. Tughlaq as historical play deals with the theme of search for identity. The sultan is visionary and an idealist, who wants to shape his kingdom and administration according to his heart’s desire. In scene one he states "To me this moment burns heart 's bright and light up our-path towards greater justice, equality, progress and Peace, no just peace but a more purposeful life"(3).
In this play the reader finds the orthodox section which shows the historical background. Tughlaq fails to search his identity, so in order to search his identity, he recourses to the ruthless murder of his opponents, he is disillusioned and
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