Ex Student,Department of English
Girish Karnad is the foremost playwright of the contemporary stage. The issue of the gender-bias in society and the oppression of women by the patriarchal order happen to form an important part of Karnad’s plays. At the same time, Karnad depicts women enthused with feminism, fighting the unjust norms of the patriarchal order. The prime concern of this paper is to show how in Nagamandala, the female protagonist Rani who has initially seen to be subjugated, revolts against the confinement of societal norms and ultimately rises from her subservient position to a goddess. This paper studies the power of sexuality and the rise of feminine self in the cast of Rani. This study is to explore how Karnad deconstructs the stereotypical images of women that have always been imposed on them by patriarchy.
Keywords: Subaltern, Patriarchy, Gender, chastity, Self, Identity