Kanthapura

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Raja Rao

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Harikatha Term Analysis

A South Indian genre of storytelling with religious themes that combines poetry, philosophy, song, dance and theatre. Sastri usually gives harikathas in Kanthapura, and Moorthy pays Jayaramchar to give a harikatha about Gandhi in the village.

Harikatha Quotes in Kanthapura

The Kanthapura quotes below are all either spoken by Harikatha or refer to Harikatha. For each quote, you can also see the other terms and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Oral Tradition, Writing, and Political Power Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Oxford University Press edition of Kanthapura published in 1963.
Section 1 Quotes

Siva himself will forthwith go and incarnate on the Earth and free my beloved daughter from her enforced slavery.

Related Characters: Jayaramachar (speaker), Moorthy, Mahatma Gandhi
Page Number: 11
Explanation and Analysis:
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Harikatha Term Timeline in Kanthapura

The timeline below shows where the term Harikatha appears in Kanthapura. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Section 1
Oral Tradition, Writing, and Political Power Theme Icon
Nationalism and Colonialism Theme Icon
Sometimes, the poet Sastri delivers Harikathas—he has been honored by the Maharaja of Mysore and, according to rumors, even has a... (full context)
Oral Tradition, Writing, and Political Power Theme Icon
Gandhism and the Erosion of Caste Theme Icon
...and Ganesh. He asks Achakka for money, which would enable them to bring the best Harikatha-men from afar to perform in Kanthapura. She gives him a rupee—a lot of money for... (full context)
Oral Tradition, Writing, and Political Power Theme Icon
Gandhism and the Erosion of Caste Theme Icon
Labor, Exploitation, and Economic Independence Theme Icon
...not know what to do with all her money—and the festival is extravagant. The famous Harikatha-man Jayaramachar performs, telling a story permeated with lessons about Swaraj. Then, he tells the story... (full context)