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The Dreams of Tipu Sultan: Bali: The Sacrifice. Two Plays By Girish Karnad

Girish Karnad

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ISBN 10: 0195664760 / ISBN 13: 9780195664768
Published by Oxford University Press, New Delhi, India, 2004
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This is a collection of two new plays by Girish Karnad, one of India s foremost dramatists and actors. The first play introduces the reader to the visions of one of India s most famous rulers, and the second, to the inner conflict of violence vs. non-violence of a 10th century king faced with his queen s infidelity. The figure of Tipu Sultan has continued to dominate Indian and British imagination for over two centuries, as the endless flow of scholarly works, ballads, plays and novels about his tempestuous life and tragic end testifies. What however is less well known, is that this man, who spent a large part of his life on horseback, maintained a record of his dreams that he kept concealed from his nearest associates. The Dreams of Tipu Sultan, which explores the inner life of this warrior, political visionary and dreamer, was commissioned by the BBC and broadcast in Britain on the fiftieth anniversary of Indian Independence. Bali: The Sacrifice was staged on June 2002 at the L eicester Haymarket Theatre, UK. The king in the 10th cent. Jain myth, upon which the play is based, is devastated to discover that his queen is involved with an elephant-keeper. Circumstances force him to sacrifice a cockerel to the gods in order to avoid further evil befalling the family. But he is a Jain, and non-violence is a fundamental principle of Jain faith. In desperation, he substitutes a bird made of dough, with unexpected results. The myth is less concerned with actual violence than with the morality of substitution, which permits violence that is wider and more subtle by masking its appearance. Printed Pages: 133. Bookseller Inventory # 033298

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Title: The Dreams of Tipu Sultan: Bali: The ...

Publisher: Oxford University Press, New Delhi, India

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:New

Edition: First Edition.

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Girish Karnad is one of India's foremost dramatists and actors. This play, first staged at the Leicester Haymarket Theatre, is based on a tenth-century Jain myth about a king who finds his queen involved with an elephant-keeper.

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Girish Karnad was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford. Apart from working in theatre, he has directed and acted in films. He has served as Director of the Film and Television Institute of India, Chairman of the Sangeet Natak Akademi (the National Academy of the Performing Arts) and Director of the Nehru Centre, London (the cultural wing of the High Commission of India). He was Visiting Professor and Playwright-in-Residence at the University of Chicago. He has been honored with the Padma Bhushan and conferred the prestigious Inanpith Award.

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