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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 Muḥammad 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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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?

Tughlaq | play by Karnad |

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 yirish 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. Tghlaq quotes from the play to make his point: 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.

Tughlaq (play)

To me, he is a positive character. May 27, Paramita Ghosh Hindustan Times. A scene from the play between a dhobi and a thief.

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