The Fire And The Rain


Author : Girish Karnad

9780195644432 | PB | pp. 74 | 1998 | Oxford India Paperbacks

This play by one of India’s foremost playwrights and actors is based on a story from the Mahabharata which tellingly illuminates universal themes – alienation, loneliness, love, family, hatred, through the daily lives and concerns of a whole community of individuals.

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The story of The Fire and the Rain is based on the Mahabharata. It delves deep into timeless, universal themes such as love, family, alienation, hatred, and loneliness. In its intense narrative, it explores how these emotions run through the daily lives and concerns of an individual and on a larger scale, an entire community.

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Girish Karnad is a writer, actor, and director, primarily in the Kannada language. He was born in Matheran, Maharashtra in 1938. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and Science from Karnataka University, Dharwad. Armed with a Rhodes scholarship, Karnad graduated from the University of Oxford, studying Political Science, Economics, and Philosophy. He began winning international commendation and acclaim for his works as a writer, actor, and director. Girish Karnad is the recipient of prestigious awards and honours such as the Padma Shri, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, Padma Bhushan, Jnanpith Award, and the Kannada Sahitya Academy Award. He has also received many awards for acting, direction, and screenwriting across Filmfare and National Film Awards. Other works authored by Karnad include: Tughlaq, Hayavadana, Yayati, Taledanda, and Maa Nishaadha.


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