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Tughlaq is a Indian Kannada language play written by Girish Karnad. The thirteen-scene play is set during the reign of Muhammad bin Tughlaq. In , it . Abstract. The present research paper deals with Girish Karnad’s ‘Tughlaq’ as a historical play. ‘Tughlaq’ by Girish Karnad is a classic in. Indian English drama. 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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Thanx a lot for a very broad analytical information. 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. Divya ji it’s a great job made by u. Tughlaq was first staged in Urdu in as part of a National School of Drama student production directed by actor Om Shivpuri, then a student.

Karnad understands this about the historical conditions that surround Tulghlaq, himself: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Like shihab ud din was a trusted man of tuglaq but he gets involved with the rebels planning to murder tuglaq at prayer time. Somehow the murder plan in this reminds me of julius caesar.

How this plays out in the mind of the political ruler becomes one of the central issues of the drama. There is a lot of depth tughlwq the plot and I think just one reading is not really enough, at least for me.

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A nation born from Gandhian principles was still hopelessly locked in sectarian violence and communal hatred, the very elements that Karnad’s Tulghlawq desires to overcome in the drama. At the same time, we see an impulsive and ruthless tyrant whose reign went down in history as one massive fuckup.

Were his projects an expression of madness or driven by political calculation? Also he was an extremist of Islam inducing forced conversions and jizyaeven in the underprivileged who were usually exempted off it, all of which overshadows the greatness he achieved prior.


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 Divya Choudhary 4 February at She did not speak because she had no speech.

Karnad explores the psyche of Tughlaq and we, as Karnad has very effectively designed Tughlaq’s character with the blend of history and myth. And I couldn’t see the transition between two. Thanks for telling us about the problem. India had, within the same span of nearly 20 years, descended from a state of idealism to disillusionment and cynicism, and hence the play found a chord that resonated in the minds of many people at that time.

This was a turning point in his life: 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. Girish Karnad’s play Tughlaq explores the character of one of the most fascinating kings to occupy the throne in Delhi, namely, Mohammed-bin-Tughlaq.

Anyway, maybe Tughlaq was so mad because he was an insomniac! As the drama opens, Tughlaq implores his subjects to observe a social setting in “without any consideration of might or weakness, religion or creed.

Feb 27, Malika rated it really liked it Shelves: Laugh, the fool you laugh. Shows how the most well meaning intentions can be poisoned by power, hubris and paranoia. I think it gives the play an universal appeal. But with time, as he evokes from a mere dhobi to a civil servant, his desire for more and his anger and fascination of the politics played by the sultan increases.

Discuss themes and issues in Girish Karnad’s Tughlaq.

The significance of which could be better understood by gazing backwards at the successful resistance Khilji offered against Mongolsfar before the Lodhis and Mughalskeeping India immune to foreign invasion, for once in its long history.


Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. He doesn’t want to kill someone at prayer becoz it insults Islam, but he seems okay with the very act of killing which no religion supports. The mad King also karna in vain to replace silver based Indian economy with copper coins.

Karnad’s depiction of Tughlaq as one who sought to put aside religious differences in the hopes of embracing secularism is a powerful issue in the drama. Never too Late to The miseries of the people during the journey, the corruption that was huge and endemic, and Tughlaq’s progressive alienation and isolation from his people are dramatically portrayed.

He is often commemorated by historians as the Mad King, for going off the reservation with a series of failed uncanny governance ideas. He karrnad a recipient of the Jnanpith Award for Kannada, the highest literary honour conferred in India.

He strips the farce and pretence of the emperors idealism right in front of him and the emperor for the first time, is vulnerable to another person’s opinion.

We performed it in Hindi at my school and it was a hit. I think it is now safe to describe Demonetization as a doing of Tughlaq Oarnad with proof. Karnad renders a vision where the reality and aspirations collide. Ratan Singh and the sheikh sham ud din are some characters I love initially.

Yet in 20 years his reign had degenerated into an anarchy and his kingdom had become a “kitchen of death”. Open Preview See a Problem? Another terrific play for students to perform and play around with in their high school drama productions!

Paperback96 pages. Tughlaq – In the play, Tughlaq emerges as a headstrong and idealistic ruler.