Cupid Drawing his Bow in Girish Karnad’sHayavadana


  • Dr. Abhisarika Prajapati Asst. Professor M.A., UGC-NET,D.Phil(English) Brighton Sangama M.A. English School of Arts & Humanities REVA University Bengaluru-64 India


Cupid, Karnad, Hayavadana,Kapila,Devdatta, Padmini.


Girish Karnad is a strong signature in the realm of Indian plays in English though interestingly, he wrote his plays first in Kannada and then translated them into English that shows the triumph of his creative voice above every other thing.He aptly contrives two distinctive features in his writing that is the theme of love and tradition clinging to mythological elements in his plays. He is usually, considered as a playwright of myth and modernity; Cupid is nothing but a myth and prevalent in his plays as a hidden myth functioning as a muse. The subject of love is deliberated in most of his major plays such as Yayati, Naga-mandala, Hayavadana, The Fire and the Rain.Karnad’s most celebrated play Hayavadna is very potential to be deciphered as primarily a play based on the roles of Cupid. From the very outset of the play we can sense and smell the eroticism prevailed in the atmosphere of Hayavadanawhether it is obsessive love of Devdatta with the idea of love itself or Padmini in the form of Cupid to attain perfection. Most interesting study goes with text of Naga-mandala where we find Cupid in Supernatural form and who can play its pivotal role to bring about a possibility to bind man and woman in an eternal bond of true love. It can also be perceived as a harbinger of spirituality in human life.This paper is an attempt to explore the roles, forms and myth of Cupid in Girish Karnad’s most celebrated play Hayavadana.


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