PDF | Girish Karnad’s Tughlaq is a representation of one of the most important but nevertheless neglected periods of Indian history, the reign of. Tughlaq: Girish Karnad: Karnad’s next play, Tughlaq (), tells the story of the 14th-century sultan MuḼammad ibn Tughluq and remains among the best. Tughlaq written by Girish Karnad in , is his best loved play, about an idealist 14th-century Sultan of Delhi, Muhammad bin Tughluq, and allegory on the.

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To me, he is a positive character. The issues posed by the play remain relevant even today, not only in a political gieish but also in an organisational sense. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

Tughlaq A Play In Thirteen Scenes

He displays emotions of need, want, greed and a certain degree of madness which is a mirror image of the sultan himself. Apr 17, Ashish Manik rated it liked it. He has dialogues but its more like the breadth of his dialogues are huge and immensely poetic than the frequency of his dialogues. Published October 12th by Oxford Karnsd Press first published Anyway the play is total fun, if you are a history buff or a scholar tormented to read it as part of curriculum or none of it.

Oct 13, Tanmay Verma rated it liked it. It is reflective of the India that Karnad sees in front of him, a stunning realization between the gulf between what is and what can be. Firstly, the play is clever and enjoyable. Tughlaq and his era r brought to life without bring apologist or judgemental.

It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. In the end, I remember quote from Godfather “Keep your friends close but keep your enemies closer” to justify and rationalise Tughlaq’s character!! He is a recipient of the Jnanpith Award for Kannada, the highest literary honour conferred in India.


Tughlaq was first staged in Urdu in as part of a National School of Tuhlaq student production directed by actor Om Shivpuri, then a student.

And as I publish this right now, another ridiculous Tughlaq Darbar is being orchestrated in Karnataka Parliament by majoritarian and coalition politics that might hopefully reach a clincher by today evening.

Tughlaq (play)

Look forward to a movie adaptation or a live performance some day. Tughlaq by Girish Karnad 2 7 Jun 01, The humor is subtle but one of the best I have come across in a long time.

In the end, I remember quote from Godfather “Keep your friends close but keep your enemies closer” to justify and rationalise Play started out with portrayal of wise Tughlaq and ended with mad Tughlaq!!

Were his projects an expression of madness or driven by political calculation? Feb 17, Kanwarpal Singh rated it really liked it. Also he was an extremist of Islam inducing forced conversions and jizyaeven in the underprivileged who were usually exempted off it, all of which overshadows the greatness he achieved prior. India had, within the same span of nearly 20 years, descended from a state of idealism to disillusionment and cynicism, and hence the play found a chord that resonated in the minds of many people at that time.

Tughlaq is a thirteen scene play written by actor-playwright Girish Karnad about the turbulent rule of Muhammad bin Tughlaq, who ruled from to Tughlaq was very, very welfare-oriented ruler, but all his plans collapsed miserably. Just like how brutus joins the rebels to murder julius caesar.

It kind of also is a reflection of how people these days try to gain favour of others by tapping into others’ sympathy pity and empathy.


Jul 28, Hrishikesh rated it really liked it. Tughlaq by Girish Karnad. Tughlaq is not just about Nehru.

Tughlaq A Play In Thirteen Scenes by Girish Karnad

tugglaq Sep 25, Gorab Jain rated it really liked it Shelves: At first he doesn’t seem like an important character. Reading Tughlaq was both enjoyable and enlightening for me as I could chalk out many similarities that the play resembles to the modern Indian politic scenario as well.

Such a depiction shows how difficult political authority is. Girish Karnad is Kannada best author. A well-read scholar of the arts, theology, and philosophy, a brilliant calligraphist, a mystic, as well as a poet, it is the ‘madness’ that earned him the epithet ‘Mad Muhammad’, that Karnad explores in the play.

This is seen in different aspects throughout his Tughlaq’s characterization. Tulghlaq states hirish on that he wishes to see unity between Hindus and Muslims as a significant part of his vision: Collected Plays Girish Karnad. Jan 12, Tikuli rated it really liked it. The dialogues are very engaging.

What can I say about Tughlaq that hasn’t been said before? Ratan Singh and the sheikh sham ud din are some characters I love initially. Another terrific play for students to perform and play around with in their high school drama productions!

Return to Book Page. Feb 27, Malika kxrnad it really liked it Shelves: Tughlaq was a brilliant individual yet is regarded as one of the biggest failures.

The mad King also tried in vain to replace silver based Indian economy with copper coins.