What kind of play is Hayavadana?

Hayavadana (meaning: Horse face) is a 1971 Indian Kannada language two-act play written by Girish Karnad. The plot is based on Kathasaritsagara and Thomas Mann’s retelling of Transposed Heads. Its twin play is Nagamandala (1988).

What is the purpose of Hayavadana in the play?

Hayavadana’s name is apt, as it literally means “horse face.” Hayavadana interrupts the main action of the play to explain his origin story to the Bhagavata. He is the product of a marriage between a princess and a Celestial Being in horse form.

How did Hayavadana lose his human voice?

Because of horse’s head and the human body, Hayavadana could neither be with humans nor with the animal. In the end he gets the shape of complete horse with the blessings of the goddess. His human voice gets off when he plays with the child of Padmini. His neigh becomes human laughter.

Who is Kapila Hayavadana?

Kapila is one of the two heroes of the play’s main storyline. His name means “reddish brown,” as his skin is dark and he is the son of an iron-smith.

Is Hayavadana a postcolonial play?

The East-West encounter brings enormous changes in the lives of Postcolonial people. In Hayavadana, Girish Karnad presents ‘incompleteness’ in three levels – divine level, human level and animal level. From the very beginning of the play, we become familiar with the word ‘incompleteness’.

What does devadatta look like?

He is a slender, delicate-looking person and is wearing a pale-coloured mask. He is lost in thought. Kapila enters. He is powerfully built and wears a dark mask.]

What is the conclusion of Hayavadana?

The Bhagavata concludes the story by marveling at the mercy of Ganesha, who has fulfilled the desires of Hayavadana and the young boy. He says that it is time to pray, and Padmini, Devadatta, and Kapila join in thanking the Lord for ensuring the completion and success of the play.

What is the symbolic significance of dolls in Hayavadana?

However, in Hayavadana (1971), dolls are used for ‘Padmini’ to inform and comment on her psychological state. The dolls, therefore, become a talking mask on the stage who reveal the otherwise hidden feelings of Padmini. Like Bhagavata, the role performed by the dolls becomes imperative.

What at the end of play Hayavadana was turned into?

Hayavadana explains that his mother, a princess, fell in love with a horse. She lived with him for 15 years until her love broke his curse, and he returned to his true form as a celestial being. She decided not to accompany the being back to heaven, and he cursed her, turning her into a horse.

What does Hayavadana symbolize?

They are where she indulges in her most sensual and, in the eyes of traditional, patriarchal Indian society, forbidden desires. Dolls are traditionally seen as symbols of childhood. They are toys, faint replicas of children themselves, intended to teach the skills of nurturing and sympathy.

Who were the parents of Hayavadana?

In the second act, Padmini and Devadatta buy two dolls for their infant son. The dolls are played by young children onstage.

Who was devdutta?

Devadatta, (flourished 6th century bce, India), Buddhist monk who sought to reform the sangha (monastic community) by imposing upon it a stricter code of life. He was a cousin of the Buddha.

What does Devdatta look like?

What does the mask represent in the play Hayavadana?

For each character that has a mask, the mask represents the incompatibility between the character’s head and body. In the puja to Ganesha, a mask is brought out that represents the god, who has the head of an elephant and the body of a boy.

Is Hayavadana a postcolonial play explain?

In Hayavadana, Devadatta, Kapila and Padmini all are in conflict and are in quest of fulfilment and completeness. Life after Postcolonialism, especially after WWII, becomes incomplete and the people were in conflict and illusion. People were craving for identity, fulfilment, moral values etc.

What is the major conflict in the play Hayavadana?

The story of Devadatta, Kapila, and Padmini thus dramatizes the conflict between the mind and the body, or between logic and lust. Although initially the head (personified by Devadatta) wins, eventually the body (personified by Kapila) demonstrates its equal power over human emotions and actions.

What is the main theme of Hayavadana?

Hayavadana deals with the theme of completeness and by opening the play with Lord Ganesha, Karnad indicates that the perfection of man has nothing to do with his physical look which perhaps the audience of this performance cannot understand completely.

Who is the father of Kapila in Hayavadana?

Ironsmith Lohita
Devadatta and Kapila are introduced as the two lead characters. Devadatta is a son of Brahmin Vidyasagara. He is a great scholar with poetic abilities. Kapila is a son of Ironsmith Lohita.

How did Devdutt died?

In his old age, filled with remorse, he sought Buddha’s forgiveness, but then he hesitated, and was once again consumed by thoughts of vengeance. Furious, the earth opened up, and Devdutt was swallowed in, and taken to a hell when he was impaled by spears.

Who is Buddha’s enemy?

Devadatta, one of the disciples of Lord Buddha, is also the greatest enemy of Buddha. He made many attempts to kill Gautama Buddha. One of the attempt to kill Buddha was by sending an elephant which was drugged.

What is the theme of Hayavadana ‘?

How does Kapila explain about fortunate lady’s flower?

The Fortunate Lady flower is a symbol of a married woman. Kapila explains that the flower looks like a married woman, who is fortunate because she has a husband. However, the reality of marriage for Padmini is anything but fortunate, and she ends up committing…

Did Buddha forgive Devadatta?

Even after Devadatta had tried to kill the Buddha, the Buddha forgave him. And then Devadatta went to the Buddha and made five requests, all having to do with the way that Buddhist monks should live.

Did Buddha marry his cousin?

Buddhism. Buddhism originated in North India in the third century BC and the Prince Buddha is reputed to have married his first cousin.