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Karnabhaaram (Tamil Explanation)

Karnabhaaram is a short one-act play written by the famous playwright Bhasa. Karna’s emotional crisis a day before the Mahabharata War is projected very effectively in this play. In this course, Smt. P R Gayathri explains the drama in simple Tamil, focusing on the dramatic elements and the beauty of language.

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What will you gain from this course? (Key Benefits / Learning Outcomes)

  • Verse-by-verse and line by line understanding through anvaya and word-by-word meaning of the classical drama.
  • Appreciation of advanced poetic and linguistic aspects of Sanskrit literature.

What are the materials/support you get?

  • 6 pre-recorded videos which you can access anytime, from any device.
  • Doubt clarifications through Email.

What are the pre-requisites to get the best out of this course? (Eligibility)

  • Good knowledge of Sanskrit language and grammar, at the level of Chittoor - Samartha / Samskrita Bharati - Kovida.
  • Previous exposure to simpler kavyas will help in understanding and appreciating this kavya better.
  • Ability to understand simple spoken Sanskrit.
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This short one-act play written by the famous playwright Bhasa, is one of his 13 plays. Among the ten types of rupakam in sanskrit this is the vyayoga type that has roudra, veera and karuna rasas. Karnabhaaram has veera as its main and karuna rasa is subordinate. It is a one act play, vastu is प्रख्यातम्, the plot is based on the story of Mahabharata and there are very few characters (3/5) in this play.
The play starts with the 17th day of kurukshetra war. Karna’s emotional crisis a day before the Mahabharata war is projected very effectively in this play. The play vividly portraits the mortal anguish of a person who is uncertain about his identity, while he ponders over his past and his faith.

The play begins with the appearance of a messenger sent by Duryodhana to Kama to inform him that the battle is growing more and more tumultuous. Karna leaves for the battlefield with Shalya driving his chariot and relates the story of his curses to the latter. He is stopped on the way by a brahmin begging for a gift, who is none else but Indra disguised. After promising not going back on his word, Indra settles for the magic armour and ear-rings. Karna gets a return gift of shakti from Indra and then he leaves for the battlefield to meet Arjuna and the play ends here.

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