Tughlaq is a Indian Kannada language play written by Girish Karnad. The thirteen-scene play is set during the reign of Muhammad bin Tughlaq. In , it . Abstract. The present research paper deals with Girish Karnad’s ‘Tughlaq’ as a historical play. ‘Tughlaq’ by Girish Karnad is a classic in. Indian English drama. 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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A Short but a deep read. But this personal involvement drives us to do actions which are cruel or unethical. Divya Choudhary 20 October at Play started out with portrayal of wise Tughlaq and ended with mad Tughlaq!!

And as the political plot thickens, we get to see the emerging definition of “idealism” from the emperor’s point of view. Aziz is undeniably the more cunning of the two.

Though according to most people, Tughlaq essentially is an allegory for Jawaharlal Nehru’s tenure as the Prime Minister, I personally feel, the play can be easily associated with Indira Gandhi whose idealism and eventual tyranny was in no way different from Muhammad Tughlaq’s.

The play grips you right from Scene 1. Girish Karnad’s play Tughlaq explores the character of one of the most fascinating kings to occupy the throne in Delhi, namely, Mohammed-bin-Tughlaq.

The miseries of the people during the journey, the corruption that was huge and endemic, and Tughlaq’s progressive alienation and isolation from his people are dramatically portrayed.

Refresh and try again. The play fails to grip the reader. Tughlaq is the best play history ever written and it is equally brought out by Girish Kahand. He understood the value of money as not deriving from its intrinsic worth but from the promise behind it: Divya Choudhary 26 October at This theme of political transformation stumped in the face of temporal reality is a significant part of the drama.


Paramita Ghosh Hindustan Times. Should one laugh at him or listen to him? No one in their right mind will not read this. Jul 16, Suhasini Srihari rated it really liked it.

It also explores the legitimacy of the means which influences the ends. Divya Choudhary 14 October at There is a lot of controversy among the historians about the character of Tughlaq but Karnad has presented this man as a man of opposites. I like Aziz’s character development the most.

I think the closet analogy of a book that I can think of is Animal Farm by George Orwell, you can call this book an Indian version of the same concept. The wise man’s mistakes Tughlaq is short, funny, analogous, based on facts and a page turner.

Tughlaq – In the play, Tughlaq emerges as a headstrong and idealistic ruler.

Discuss themes and issues in Girish Karnad’s Tughlaq.

This is an old review that I wrote last year. Tughlaq killed many of his confidant on slightest suspicion but gave clemency to all rebels and enemies. Girish Karnad is a legend. India had, within the same span of nearly 20 years a mere coincidence?

Unknown 4 February at Jul 14, Vivek rated it really liked it. Unknown 9 August at Talk about the eternal relevance of good literature! She was a mermaid who had lost her way. The dialogues are very engaging. Were his projects an expression of madness or driven by political calculation? Karnad’s depiction of Tughlaq as one who sought to put aside religious differences in the hopes of embracing secularism is a powerful issue in the drama.

After reading this story my opinion is that we idealists must learn to detach oneself from one’s job especially when one is in a field like administration because very few people would agree to one’s ethics and principles.


Unknown 1 April at I don’t know if he was so in reality too.

Muhammed’s fall was foreseen, but the way it tuthlaq fall wasn’t, and tkghlaq, only until the end is where the reader gets his flaws. His part is pretty ironic as he uses religion to becoming involved in politics and tries to justify it to be annihilator of politics and save Islam. Tighlaq Play takes you back to history and once you’re there, you gorish are able to relate it to Indian political scenario. How marvelous this was, I thought. The play depicts him as a man of ideals having a grand vision but his reign was an abject failure.

Even though there are subtle instances that the reader likes but the acts feel distant and disconnected. Anyways I loved the playwright and I am eager to read his other playwrights right now. The language was fluid, simple and yet powerful but something about it does not make it a very fast-paced and engrossing read at least upto the first thirty pages. Divya ji it’s a great job made by u. Tughlaq orders her to be stoned to death for the unwarranted act. Read it in a rather offhand way.

Tughlaq | play by Karnad |

Despite being a translation, it’s well written and captures the details of politics and diplomacy with an ease no other author could have managed.

He may be like Pandit Nehru – whose polices the play seems to mock, ahead of his times. Just one thing – the end is what disappointed me a bit. Divya Girksh 29 April at