The play is more than a political allegory. The following is eminent Kannada writer U. His first play, Yayati , was a self-consciously existentialist drama on the theme of responsibility. And those of us writing in the Kannada Navya movement of the time can still remember the excitement when we first read it in

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Karnad decided to rise to the challenge. Watching a powerful man crack up, whenever it occurs, is a bad time in history. Tughlaq was first staged in Urdu in as part of a National School of Drama student production directed by actor Om Shivpuri, then a student. A revival of the play in Delhi this weekend comes at an interesting point when books are questioning older books about dead rulers with bad press -- such as Aurangzeb — and the appropriate way to look at figures of history.

So, was Muhummad bin Tughlaq mad or brilliant? Should one laugh at him or listen to him? Was he a visionary or an insecure politician? Were his projects an expression of madness or driven by political calculation? The answers to these questions, says Karnad, may perhaps be set aside for the most important question -- is the play still contemporary or not. Tughlaq is not just about Nehru. The question is whether it will connect it to Modi….

The stage is bare except for a huge wooden throne atop a pyramid whose base is made up of stairs. Tughlaq climbs these stairs to issue his orders; his minions positioned at various levels on the staircase fight it out for his attention. The Daulatabad move, says Sandeep Singh, the Shri Ram Centre repertory chief, was, in fact guided by the motive that Daulatabad [in Maharashtra] was a centre for his Hindu subjects. Veteran actor Ayaz Khan who is playing Tughlaq for the sixth time in his career, says the character is open to various readings.

He thought he was building a new world. He was rash and driven by idealism. Even if he did badly, he was a brilliant failure. To me, he is a positive character.

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Tughlaq (play)

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Tughlaq A Play In Thirteen Scenes

Tughlaq is a Indian Kannada language play written by Girish Karnad. It was first staged in Urdu in , as a student production at National School of Drama. Most famously, it was staged at Purana Qila ,Delhi in Tughlaq , a scene play been written by Girish Karnad focussing on the 14th century Turko-Indian ruler is both a historical play as well as a commentary on the contemporary politics of the s. The Times of India comments [8] : "In the play, the protagonist, Tughlaq, is portrayed as having great ideas and a grand vision, but his reign was an abject failure. He started his rule with great ideals of a unified India, but his degenerated into anarchy and his kingdom.


What Girish Karnad’s play Tughlaq says about India’s politicians




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