Harishchandra Kavyam – Kannada Play
by Benaka, Bengaluru
Director: K.G Mahabaleshwar
Raghavanka a noted Kannada writer who lived in late 12th to early 13th century. Raghavanka is credited for popularising the use of the native shatpadi metre (hexa metre, 6 line verse) in Kannada literature. Harishchandra Charitham, is known to have one of the foremost works on the subject, with an interpretation unlike any other on the life of King Harishchandra and is considered one of the important classics of Kannada language.
Raghavanka emphasises on racism along with untruthfulness prevailing in his times. Daring presentation of Raghavanka shows the importance of secularism for a healthy and prosperous society. Our play is a very apt at the present intolerance scenario, as we are just voicing out Raghavanka’s view point.
A herculus task of selecting of 115 shatpadi verses from the original Raghavanka’s “Harishchandra charitham” and presenting production in the name of “Harishchandra kavya” should be credited to Shri K.G. Mahabaleshwar who is directing this great work.
Plot is “Raghavanka visualizes the whole story and starts writing “Harishchandra charithram” with opening the plot from Devendra’s palace where many saints, visionaries, philosophers and saint poets being present. Indra inquires Saint Vasista upon man of veracity among kings of Ikshvaku clan, in response to that Vasista identifies King Harishcandra as the man of veracity for which Saint Vishwamitra takes up the challenge to prove Vasista wrong.Raja Harishchandra sacrifies everything, faces lot of difficulties untill he breaks the myth of racism within himself. Ultimately Vishwamitra fails for Harishchandra’s truthfulness”.
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Sunday | 15th January 2016 | 3:30PM and 7:30 PM (Two Shows)
36/2, 8th Cross,
(Next to J P Nagar Post Office)
2nd Phase, JP Nagar,
Bangalore 560 078.
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