Girish Karnad

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Hayavadana Symbols


While masks are used in theatre for many different purposes, in Hayavadana masks represent a character’s incompleteness. For each character that has a mask, the mask represents the incompatibility between the character’s head and body…

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The Fortunate Lady’s Flower

The fortunate lady’s flower appears several times throughout the play, and symbolizes the limitations of Padmini’s happiness in her marriage. When Padmini, Devadatta, and Kapila are traveling in their cart, Padmini spots a beautiful…

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