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Chandalika (Summary) - A gem from Tagore
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2013-10-04 05:25:50 UTC
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TAGORE'S DANCE DRAMA
CHANDILIKA
Based on a Buddhist tale 'Chandalika' was published in the form of a dance
drama in 1938 and was for the first time staged in Calcutta in the same year.
The story of 'Chandalika' centers round Prokiti (chandalika), a low caste
girl, who for that reason is thoroughly despised by her neighbors so much
that even hawkers in the street would not sell their goods to her.
She broods over her destiny and curses her mother for bringing her into the
world. While in this mood, she goes to fetch water from the well where she
meets Ananda, a desciple of Buddha. Thristy and Exhausted, Ananda begs for a
drink of water. Prokriti informs him that she was an untouchable and as such it
was decreed that water from her well was to be treated as polluted by the high
caste. Ananda replies to the effect that all human beings were wqual, drinks
the water, blesses her and departs.
The incident changes Prokriti's entire outlook on life and she begins to
live for the day when Ananda would appear before her again. He does on one
occassion go past her chanting hymns with other Buddhist monks but fails to
notice her.
Bitterly disappointed, she seeks help from her mother who is known to
practice witchcraft. The mother agrees and by various means of sorcery succeeds
in bringing Ananda before Prokriti. The later touches the monk's feet and begs
his forgiveness for dragging him down to her own level. The play ends with
Ananda pronouncing his blessings on her.
(noted down from the back cover of the LP record.)
Soumen.
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2013-11-25 17:53:34 UTC
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TAGORE'S DANCE DRAMA
CHANDILIKA
Based on a Buddhist tale 'Chandalika' was published in the form of a dance
drama in 1938 and was for the first time staged in Calcutta in the same year.
The story of 'Chandalika' centers round Prokiti (chandalika), a low caste
girl, who for that reason is thoroughly despised by her neighbors so much
that even hawkers in the street would not sell their goods to her.
She broods over her destiny and curses her mother for bringing her into the
world. While in this mood, she goes to fetch water from the well where she
meets Ananda, a desciple of Buddha. Thristy and Exhausted, Ananda begs for a
drink of water. Prokriti informs him that she was an untouchable and as such it
was decreed that water from her well was to be treated as polluted by the high
caste. Ananda replies to the effect that all human beings were wqual, drinks
the water, blesses her and departs.
The incident changes Prokriti's entire outlook on life and she begins to
live for the day when Ananda would appear before her again. He does on one
occassion go past her chanting hymns with other Buddhist monks but fails to
notice her.
Bitterly disappointed, she seeks help from her mother who is known to
practice witchcraft. The mother agrees and by various means of sorcery succeeds
in bringing Ananda before Prokriti. The later touches the monk's feet and begs
his forgiveness for dragging him down to her own level. The play ends with
Ananda pronouncing his blessings on her.
(noted down from the back cover of the LP record.)
Soumen.
t***@gmail.com
2013-11-26 05:27:40 UTC
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TAGORE'S DANCE DRAMA
CHANDILIKA
Based on a Buddhist tale 'Chandalika' was published in the form of a dance
drama in 1938 and was for the first time staged in Calcutta in the same year.
The story of 'Chandalika' centers round Prokiti (chandalika), a low caste
girl, who for that reason is thoroughly despised by her neighbors so much
that even hawkers in the street would not sell their goods to her.
She broods over her destiny and curses her mother for bringing her into the
world. While in this mood, she goes to fetch water from the well where she
meets Ananda, a desciple of Buddha. Thristy and Exhausted, Ananda begs for a
drink of water. Prokriti informs him that she was an untouchable and as such it
was decreed that water from her well was to be treated as polluted by the high
caste. Ananda replies to the effect that all human beings were wqual, drinks
the water, blesses her and departs.
The incident changes Prokriti's entire outlook on life and she begins to
live for the day when Ananda would appear before her again. He does on one
occassion go past her chanting hymns with other Buddhist monks but fails to
notice her.
Bitterly disappointed, she seeks help from her mother who is known to
practice witchcraft. The mother agrees and by various means of sorcery succeeds
in bringing Ananda before Prokriti. The later touches the monk's feet and begs
his forgiveness for dragging him down to her own level. The play ends with
Ananda pronouncing his blessings on her.
(noted down from the back cover of the LP record.)
Soumen.
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2017-08-24 15:54:53 UTC
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TAGORE'S DANCE DRAMA
CHANDILIKA
Based on a Buddhist tale 'Chandalika' was published in the form of a dance
drama in 1938 and was for the first time staged in Calcutta in the same year.
The story of 'Chandalika' centers round Prokiti (chandalika), a low caste
girl, who for that reason is thoroughly despised by her neighbors so much
that even hawkers in the street would not sell their goods to her.
She broods over her destiny and curses her mother for bringing her into the
world. While in this mood, she goes to fetch water from the well where she
meets Ananda, a desciple of Buddha. Thristy and Exhausted, Ananda begs for a
drink of water. Prokriti informs him that she was an untouchable and as such it
was decreed that water from her well was to be treated as polluted by the high
caste. Ananda replies to the effect that all human beings were wqual, drinks
the water, blesses her and departs.
The incident changes Prokriti's entire outlook on life and she begins to
live for the day when Ananda would appear before her again. He does on one
occassion go past her chanting hymns with other Buddhist monks but fails to
notice her.
Bitterly disappointed, she seeks help from her mother who is known to
practice witchcraft. The mother agrees and by various means of sorcery succeeds
in bringing Ananda before Prokriti. The later touches the monk's feet and begs
his forgiveness for dragging him down to her own level. The play ends with
Ananda pronouncing his blessings on her.
(noted down from the back cover of the LP record.)
Dr Kulkarni Prafull D. 2011. Marginality Vs Spirituality: A Thematic Review of Tagore's Play Chandalika. The Criterion. Online http://www.the-criterion.com/V2/n1/Prafull.pdf
Soumen.
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2017-08-28 10:29:01 UTC
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TAGORE'S DANCE DRAMA
CHANDILIKA
Based on a Buddhist tale 'Chandalika' was published in the form of a dance
drama in 1938 and was for the first time staged in Calcutta in the same year.
The story of 'Chandalika' centers round Prokiti (chandalika), a low caste
girl, who for that reason is thoroughly despised by her neighbors so much
that even hawkers in the street would not sell their goods to her.
She broods over her destiny and curses her mother for bringing her into the
world. While in this mood, she goes to fetch water from the well where she
meets Ananda, a desciple of Buddha. Thristy and Exhausted, Ananda begs for a
drink of water. Prokriti informs him that she was an untouchable and as such it
was decreed that water from her well was to be treated as polluted by the high
caste. Ananda replies to the effect that all human beings were wqual, drinks
the water, blesses her and departs.
The incident changes Prokriti's entire outlook on life and she begins to
live for the day when Ananda would appear before her again. He does on one
occassion go past her chanting hymns with other Buddhist monks but fails to
notice her.
Bitterly disappointed, she seeks help from her mother who is known to
practice witchcraft. The mother agrees and by various means of sorcery succeeds
in bringing Ananda before Prokriti. The later touches the monk's feet and begs
his forgiveness for dragging him down to her own level. The play ends with
Ananda pronouncing his blessings on her.
(noted down from the back cover of the LP record.)
Soumen.
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