Girish Karnad’s English version of his fifth Kannada play, Agni Mattu Male The Fire and the Rain in a workshop at Minneapolis, U. S. A. in. October Agni Mattu Male (The Fire and the Rain) as the title itself suggests, is Rain. Girish Karnad has himself narrated this story in the preface to The. The Fire and the Rain. Girish Karnad. This play by one of India’s foremost playwrights and actors is based on a story from the Mahabharata which tellingly.

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The film recorded as flop at box-office. Arvasu prepares to marry outside his Brahmin caste – but for this, according to the tribal custom, he has to present himself before Nittilai’s village elders. Vishakha pleads Arvasu to cremate him; this delays his appointment with Nittilai’s father and her village elders, and, as a result, she is forced to marry a fellow tribesman.

Upon reaching home, on being accused of adultery by Raibhya, Vishakha enraged tells him that she was with Yavakri.

This play by one of India’s foremost playwrights and actors is based on a story from the Mahabharata which tellingly illuminates universal Priyan Priyan rated it it was amazing Sep 19, Collected Plays Volume 2 Girish Karnad. Maha rated it really liked it Mar 24, This book is a must read for anyone who loves mythology. For 7 years he has watched over the holy fire, forsaking his wife, family and every earthly pleasure.

This work has even been adapted for a Bollywood movie Agnivarsa starring Milind Soman as protagonist with a gu My first and only one so far from this modern dramatist. The play offers to question the validity of oarnad entire order of existence — the divine, the moral and the socio-political — thus subverting the sacrosanct Brahminic tradition.


This is one of those books I wouldn’t mind reading over and over again! First Published 8 December His plays have been translated into several Indian languages and directed by eminent directors like Ebrahim Alkazi, B. karhad

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Paravasu enters the fire and Arvasu decides to follow him when the voice of Indra is heard. And to the most ethical conclusion. Yavakri, wanting to prove his strength waits for the demon to arrive. Yavarki loves Vishaka, but left her to worship and pray to Devraj Indra for 10 years, and on his return found her married to Parvasu.

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Fire and the Rain

He loves Nittilai Sonali Kulkarniwho reciprocates his love, but seeks approval of her father and her village’s elders before marrying him. The irony is that these actors as outcastes become specially empowered on the stage, kaarnad Karnad projects this phenomenon as illustration of the power of the theatre which can both destroy evil and create good.

Raibhyu, suspects Vishaka Raveena Tandon Parvasu’s wife, of having an illicit affair with Yarvaki Nagarjunaand detests her. Aravasu, with teary eyes, asks Indra to set the Demon’s soul free, which is followed by rain. Through her ffire love she feels spiritually empowered and actually breaks beyond all narrow boundaries.

The Fire and the Rain

Arvasu learns to be selfless and asks Indra to liberate the soul of Kritya. He is a recipient of the Jnanpith Award for Kannada, the highest literary honour conferred in India.


This is the story of wronged and misunderstood Arvasu Milind Somana brahman by caste, who has become a performing actor. Oct 10, Santosh Kashyap rated it really liked it. Works based on the Mahabharata. She defies the bondage to her ethnic group and its imposition of a forced marriage with a boy of her own tribe; she even tries to outgrow her emotional attachment to her lover Arvasu and to dedicate herself to the service of the distressed and the deprived including Arvasu who was beaten up by soldiers under orders from his brother Paravasu, the chief priestthe actor-manager, his famished family and his limping brother.

Thus one by one, whoever, was close to Arvasu is dead. In order to appease the Lord of Gods Indra Amitabh Bachchancustodian of rain, a grand fire sacrifice is being conducted at the palace under the guidance of the Chief Priest, Paravasu Jackie Shroff. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Andha Yug Terukkuttu Urubhanga Yajnaseni. He is also active in the world of Indian cinema working as an actor, director, and screenwriter, both in Hindi and Kannada cinema, earning numerous awards along the way. Arvasu decides to ask for the life of Nittilai.