When their heads are switched, the central question of the play becomes: which man is her husband, the one with his head, or the one with his body? Members of the deaf community are invited especially to the Saturday matinee performance, which will be interpreted in American Sign Language by Doreen DeLuca and colleague. Assistant Professor Erin B. Mee directs the production, with sets and costumes designed by Assistant Professor Laila Swanson, lighting designed by James P. His plays are produced at major theatres and colleges all over India, as well as in theatres abroad. Erin B.

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The play opens with a puja to Ganesha, as the Bhagavata asks that Ganesha bless the performance that he and the company are about to put on. Then he places the audience in the setting of the play, Dharmapura, and begins to introduce the central characters.

The first is Devadatta , the son of a Brahmin who outshines the other pundits and poets of the kingdom. The second is Kapila , the son of the iron-smith who is skilled at physical feats of strength. The two are the closest of friends. As the Bhagavata sets up the story, there is a scream of terror offstage. The Bhagavata suggests he go to the temple of Kali , as she grants anything anyone asks for. Hayavadana sets out for the temple, hopeful that Kali will be able to change his head to a human head.

Recovering from the interruption, the Bhagavata returns to the play. He begins to sing, explaining that the two heroes fell in love with a girl and forgot themselves. Meanwhile, a female chorus sings in the background about the nature of love.

Devadatta and Kapila enter. Devadatta explains his love for Padmini , explaining that he would sacrifice his arms and his head if he could marry her. Kapila at first makes fun of Devadatta but then sees how much his friend is affected by Padmini.

He agrees to find out her name and where she lives. Kapila goes to the street where Padmini lives and begins to knock on the doors. When Padmini opens the door to her home, Kapila is immediately love-struck. Padmini asks him what he wants, outwitting him as he tries to come up with reasons why he is there. He eventually explains that he is there to woo her for Devadatta. Kapila says to himself that Padmini really needs a man of steel, and that Devadatta is too sensitive for someone as quick as Padmini.

The Bhagavata reveals that Devadatta and Padmini were quickly married, and that all three remained friends. The story then jumps forward six months, when Padmini is pregnant with a son , and the three friends are meant to go on a trip to Ujjain together.

Devadatta expresses jealousy that Padmini seems to have some affection for Kapila, which Padmini denies. As the three of them travel together, Padmini remarks how well Kapila drives the cart. Padmini remarks to herself how muscular Kapila is, and Devadatta sees Padmini watching him with desire.

When they pass the temple of Rudra and Kali, Devadatta is reminded of his old promise and sneaks away to cut off his head. He decides to cut off his head as well. Padmini begins to get worried about the two men and goes after them.

She sees their two headless bodies on the ground and attempts to commit suicide as well. The goddess Kali stops her and tells her she will revive the men if Padmini replaces their heads on their bodies.

Padmini, in her excitement, accidentally switches the two heads when she replaces them. At first, the three of them are amused by the mix-up, but when they try to return home, they discover issues. Each man believes that Padmini is his wife. Kapila does not return with them. She loves his newfound strength, and the two of them prepare for their child.

They buy two dolls for their son. He and Padmini fight over how to treat their son, as she believes that Devadatta coddles him. The dolls tell the audience that Padmini begins to dream of Kapila. When the dolls begin to show signs of wear, Padmini asks Devadatta to get new ones and goes to show her son the forest.

As Padmini travels through the woods, she discovers Kapila living there. He has regained his strength, just as Devadatta has lost his.

He explains how he had to war against his body, and how he has come to accept that he is, in fact, Kapila. Padmini implies that she is attracted to him, and spends several nights with him. Devadatta returns with the dolls and tries to find Padmini in the woods. He discovers her with Kapila, and the two decide to kill each other to put an end to the struggle between their heads and their bodies.

After they have killed each other, Padmini decides to perform sati , throwing herself on their funeral pyre. The Bhagavata explains that Padmini was, in her own way, a devoted wife. Just as the audience believes the play has ended, a second actor comes onstage saying that there was a horse walking down the street singing the national anthem. The first actor also enters, with a young boy in tow. The boy is very serious, and does not speak, laugh, or cry.

At that point, Hayavadana returns. He explains that he had asked Kali to make him complete, but instead of making him a complete human, she has made him a complete horse.

Hayavadana still wishes to rid himself of his human voice, and the boy encourages him to laugh. 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.

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The play brings about the interplay of questions of love, identity and sexuality through a panoply of characters set in a world of mythology and folklore. Recently, Izaara Productions brought this famous play alive on stage in Singapore under the skilful direction of Monisha Charan. In keeping with the spirit of the play, Monisha Charan paid a rich tribute to the myths and legends of the Hindu religion. The plot revolves around two parallel stories, both involving questions of love and identity the heart and the head. In the main track, a well-built kshatriya, Kapila Avtar Bhullar , finds that his best friend Devadatta Justin Lee has madly fallen in love with Padmini Dr.


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A: Girish Karnad Pf: , Madras Pb: Tr: G: Drama in 2 acts; Kannada prose and songs S: City of Dharmapura, mythical past C: 4m, 2f, 1 child, 2 dolls, chorus, musiciansBefore the main play can get under way, Bhagavata the narrator is interrupted by Hayavadana, a man born with a horse's head, who has tried everywhere to become a complete being. Bhagavata sends him to seek help from the priestess Kali. The story begins: the clever poet Devadatta is close friends with the powerful athlete Kapila. Devadatta confesses to his friend that he has fallen in love with a beautiful young girl named Padmini and sends his friend to seek her out. Kapila is overwhelmed by her beauty.


Girish Karnad\'s \"Hayavadana\" A Play in English 19th & 20th May

The play was inspired by Thomas Mann's 'The Transposed Heads', which in turn borrowed from a Sanskrit tale from the Kathasaritsagara, an ancient compilation of stories in Sanskrit. Karnad's play takes the tale of human identity further by exploring the tangled relationships of Padmini, Devadatta and Kaplia- the principal characters in the story. The sub-plot of Hayavadana, the man with the head of the horse is symbolic of the main theme of incompleteness. Register Login. Toggle navigation Register Login. Host-A-Performance Schedules. Theatre Workshops Improv Comedy Workshop Want to learn something that can help the creativity in you to explore and reach its destination???



Event Synopsis:. The plot of Hayavadana comes from Kathasaritsagara, an ancient compilation of stories in Sanskrit. Language: English. Age guidance: Above 12 years.

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