Yayati: Girish Karnad: first play, the critically acclaimed Yayati (), while still at Oxford. Centred on the story of a mythological king, the play established. As a reader of Karnad’s plays, one has to pay attention to their sources. Almost every text has a source in that the plot is derived f. Yayati (), the first literary attempt of Karnad, reinterprets an ancient myth from . spite of parents’ denial, Girish Karnad explored the new horizons and he .

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Keniston writes that “heroes” of all kinds and all ages have been alienated and their stories are yaati tales of alienation and of struggles to end it.

Girish Karnad’s Yayati is an Indian mythological king who represents the modern alienated man. Karnad has borrowed the myth from great Indian epic Mahabharta and other Puranas. The play opens when Yayati is married to Devayani, the daughter of demons’ guru Shukracharya.

Sharmistha, the daughter of the Demon King Vrishparva, is shown as her slave. Yayati was carried away with a wave of emotion to find the miserable plight of Sharmistha, a princess, in fact, and secretly married her in spite of the warning by his Father-in-Law that he should never let Sharmishtha share his bed. When Shukracharya came to know this, he uttered his curse on Yayati gidish become an old yayxti.


Shukracharya also said the only concession he could give was that if Yayati wanted he could give his old age to someone and take their youth from him.

Theme of Responsibility in Girish Karnad’s Yayati.

Karnad takes a deep insight into Yayati’s character and shows Yayati’s passion for the enjoyment of life, which ultimately turns into detachment and aloofness. Yayati is a true ambassador of modern common man, who in spite of having much pleasures of life, still feels impatient and dissatisfied.

Yayati takes the youth of Pooru, his youngest son, but soon realizes the impropriety of his shallow action and feels like an alienated common man.

Yayati feels cataclysmic disillusionment and loss of faith in life.

His torment and burden for Pooru’s youth is revealed in the following words. Thus, Yayati’s disillusionment is complete only with saturation. He has had his fill but remains unfulfilled. This is only the beginning part of the article. Please write to the Editor in his e-mail address msthirumalai2 gmail. Even the smallest contribution will go a long way in supporting this journal.


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