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PDF | Girish Karnad’s Tughlaq is a representation of one of the most important but nevertheless neglected periods of Indian history, the reign of. Tughlaq: Girish Karnad: Karnad’s next play, Tughlaq (), tells the story of the 14th-century sultan MuḼammad ibn Tughluq and remains among the best. Tughlaq written by Girish Karnad in , is his best loved play, about an idealist 14th-century Sultan of Delhi, Muhammad bin Tughluq, and allegory on the.

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Anyway the play is total fun, if you are a history buff or a scholar tormented to read it as part of curriculum or none of it. No one in their rig A supremely well-written play, ‘Tughlaq’ is one piece of Indian writing that you don’t want to miss! I love tuglaq ‘s parts mainly becoz the more he talks, they more idealistic it is and sometimes his own speech contradicts him in karna ways and its ironic and beautiful at the same time.

He used great logic to spot his enemies but same logic failed and instead rewarded his enemies. Play started out with portrayal of wise Tughlaq and ended with mad Tughlaq!!

The theme of political aspiration being limited by temporal reality is a significant one in both the drama and the historical condition in which it is written.

Tughlaq A Play In Thirteen Scenes

At the same time, we see an impulsive and ruthless tyrant whose reign went down in history as one massive fuckup. As much of the problems of leadership today are issues like trust, credibility, authenticity and legitimacy, the play captures the importance of credibility for a leader. We performed it in Hindi at my school and it was a hit.


The story is full of treachery. The chaos and fragmentation that results out of a vision steeped in genius and transformation becomes a part of both the ruler’s narrative and the nation’s history. Tughlaq written by Girish Karnad inis his best loved play, about an idealist 14th-century Sultan of Delhi, Muhammad bin Tughluq, and allegory on the Nehruvian era which started with ambitious idealism and ended up in disillusionment.

It’s got so much depth and humour in it. The answers to these questions, says Karnad, may perhaps be set aside for the most important question — is the play still contemporary or not.

This theme of political transformation stumped in the face of temporal reality is a significant part of the drama.

A scene from the play between a dhobi and a thief. His rule that began with ideals of a unified Girosh soon degenerated into anarchy. Girish Kahand is known to use history and mythology to deal with contemporary issues. Return to Book Page. A Short but a deep read.

The Daulatabad move, says Sandeep Singh, the Shri Ram Centre repertory chief, was, in fact guided by the motive that Daulatabad [in Maharashtra] was a centre for his Hindu subjects. Yet this was written inright after the Nehru era, when even the dictatorial Indira Gandhi was very much in the future. Oct 28, Sidharth Vardhan rated it really liked it Shelves: Muhammed’s fall was foreseen, but the way it would fall wasn’t, and krnad, only until the end is where the reader gets his flaws.


Even if he did badly, he was a brilliant failure. However, read it slowly to enjoy it fully. May 27, The issues posed by the play remain relevant even today, not only in a political sense but also in an organisational sense. Ananthamurthy and an essay by Tughlqq Dharwadker, this Oxford India Perennials edition is the testimony of Tughlaq’s enduring influence even after four decades of its first publication.

Tughlaq | play by Karnad |

Ratan Singh and the sheikh sham ud din are some characters I love initially. Jul 28, Hrishikesh rated it really liked it. Karnad shows virish evolution of Tughlaq from an idealist to a tyrant lusty for power and fame, something anyone, any Indian for karmad matter can relate to easily especially people who are familiar with the Nehruvian Era of Indian politics.

Completely explains the dilemma and the hypocrisy that comes to surround people in power. Refresh and try again. Anyway, maybe Tughlaq was so mad because he was an insomniac!

How marvelous this was, I thought. He may be like Pandit Nehru – whose polices the play seems to mock, ahead of his times.