Dr. R. Corneli Agnes Rosabella
Department of English
Girish Karnad is one of the pioneers for introducing Kannada Theatre to the whole world. His plays still retain the native image but at the same time appeals to worldwide audience. He has paved way for the local, native drama to travel around the world. In most of Karnad’s plays, human relationship seems to be the main focus. Folk Features of Hayavadana in Portrayal of the Mind throws light on psychological aspects of the play. It reveals the conflicts, struggles and inmost feelings of the characters. The novel ways in which Karnad has captured the subconscious of a person is brought to light. The role of the inanimate like talking dolls, symbolism, humour, asides and the like enhance the probe into the mind of the characters. Karnad brings out the psychological self-division of the human being. The songs are symbolic and are used as a vehicle by Karnad to express the mind of the character. The asides of the characters give a clear picture of the conflicts going on in the mind – the cart-driving scene, Padmini’s admiration of Kapila’s climbing of the tree and the battle in Devadatta’s mind are beautifully captured. To heighten all, the revelation given to the dolls about Padmini’s subconscious presents a deep psychological study.
Keywords: Tangled, Marital, Masculinity, Apollonian, Dionysian, Transpose, Polarities.