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 Muḥammad 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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The story mostly elaborates mistakes of the most educated of all muslim rulers who ever ruled over India and his wise man’s mista The wise man’s mistakes Tughlaq is short, funny, analogous, based on facts and a page turner. He is also active in the world of Indian cinema working as an actor, director, and screenwriter, both in Hindi and Kannada cinema, earning numerous awards along the way. The language was fluid, simple and yet powerful but something about it does not make it a very fast-paced and engrossing read at least giris the first thirty pages.

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What Girish Karnad’s play Tughlaq says about India’s politicians

He is an underestimated character whose importance in the story builds up with time. Published October 12th by Oxford University Press first published I think it is now safe to describe Demonetization as a doing of Tughlaq Darbar with proof. He tried to introduce policies that seemed today to be farsighted to the point of genius, but which earned him the nick name “Mohammed the mad” then. Somehow the murder plan in this reminds me of julius caesar. Will look out for watching this in a live theatre sometime.

Anyways I loved the playwright and I am eager to read his other playwrights right now. A lot like Julius Caesar. 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 is the best play history ever written and it is equally brought out by Girish Kahand. Want to Read saving….

Tughlaq, Second Edition – Girish Karnad – Oxford University Press

Ratan Singh and the sheikh sham ud din are some characters I love initially. He gets into coin counterfeiting, orders the killing of the current Khalif in order to disguise himself as the Khalif and gain the emperors favour. I don’t know if he was so in reality too. Sep 24, Manish Goel rated it liked it. Anyway, maybe Tughlaq was so mad because he was an Beautifully written; un-put-downable! That particular plot is captured in this satirical play by Girish Karnadwhom a local yokel like me might easily i Pardon my reference, but If one consider the mighty Delhi Sultanate as Hollywood, Mohammad Tughlaq would be its Nicholas Cage.

View all 4 comments. Brilliant, beautiful, delightful play. Play started out with portrayal of wise Tughlaq and ended with mad Tughlaq!!

Also there r no meaningless sentences which may have deep meanings in t 4. Oct 21, Jackson Cyril rated it it was amazing. The character of Aziz can be, more or less, associated with Jarnail Bhindranwale, who just like in the case of Indira Gandhi, was a result of Tughlaq’s own ambitious schemes to retain power.

He used great logic to spot his enemies but same logic failed and instead rewarded his enemies. The play depicts him as a man of ideals having a grand vision but his reign was an abject failure.

Tughlaq | play by Karnad |

Another terrific play for students to perform and play around with in their high school drama productions! The result was a nation where direction and transformative vision was hard to establish. Shouldnt have rated this book but couldnt resist it. Karnad renders a vision where the reality and aspirations collide. And as the political plot thickens, we get to see the emerging definition of “idealism” from the emperor’s point of view.

He is a recipient of the Jnanpith Award for Kannada, the highest literary honour conferred in India. This play explores his doomed rule through his eyes and those of his subjects, who greatly misunderstood him. Even if he did badly, he was a brilliant failure.


Those who choose the latter are in a minority and may be at the receiving end of things but are at peace with themselves in my opinion while the former are torn by guilt and constantly restless. A creative crisis for Hollywood and the Golden Age of television. As the drama opens, Tughlaq implores his subjects to observe a social setting in “without any consideration of might or weakness, religion or creed.

The mad King also tried in vain to replace silver based Indian economy with copper coins. A scene from the play between a dhobi and a thief. The play depicts him as a man of ide Tughlaq is a thirteen scene play written by actor-playwright Girish Karnad about the turbulent rule of Muhammad bin Tughlaq, who ruled from to But with time, as he evokes from a mere dhobi to a civil servant, his desire for more giris his anger and fascination of the politics played by the sultan increases.

Ananthamurthy and an essay by Aparna Dharwadker, this Oxford India Perennials edition is the testimony of Tughlaq’s enduring influence even after four decades of its first publication. He quotes from the play to make his point: A very relevant book for the current times. But well, because tuglaq is more cunning than julius caesar, he doesn’t get killed by that plan. Tughlaq climbs jarnad stairs to issue his orders; his minions positioned at various levels on the staircase fight it out for his attention.

This is the tale of a wise man and his lack of foresight, which led to the stagnation, karnzd and deterioration of his kingdom. Much of the situations and political games hold true till date. The story has left an imprint on my mind.

Collected Plays Girish Karnad.

His reforms seem to have a genius, all they lack is a bit of common sense.