Four Plays: This volume presents four of the best-known
Kannada plays by the eminent Kannada poet and playwright,
H.S. Shivaprakash. Based on a popular Dalit epic, The Legend
of Manteswamii, it depicts a series of miracles through which he
challenges the mighty and defends the vulnerable. The Madure
Episode and Madhavi are two plays deriving inspiration from
the ancient Tamil epic Silappadikaram. Both plays recount the
key episodes of the epic through two women protagonists of
the source text. Patterned on the elemental structure of a No
play, The Bride is a poignant re-enactment of Toda tribal tale
of how a bridegroom, in a moment of blindness, kills his own
bride. But is not just a play of horror but also a Buddhist parable
of compassion. Reborn as a Buddhist nun, it redeems him from
the cycle of rebirth.
H.S. Shivaprakash (6.1954): One of the foremost voices of
Indian poetry and drama, Shivaprakash has altered the
word-scape of Kannada poetry since the ‘70s. After 1985 he
started bringing about a sea-change in Kannada theatre
through his path-breaking plays. Immensely successful on
stage, his plays are celebrated for their poetic intensity as well
as stylistic diversity. He is the winner of Sahitya Akademi and
Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards.
Maithreyi Karnoor (b. 1-983) is a poet and translator. A Handful
of Sesame, her translation of a Sahitya Akademi Award-
winning Kannada novel is her most recent work. Her poems,
translations and reviews have appeared in Indian Literature,
Muse India, Joao Roque Literary Journal, The Hindu, Indian
Express, The Wire, and Scroll. She was shortlisted for the
Montreal International Poetry Prize 2017.
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