By Dharamvir Bharati, Alok Bhalla (Trans.)
It is a translation of Dharamvir Bharati's Andha Yug (1953), the most major performs of recent India. Written instantly after the partition of the Indian subcontinent, the play is a profound meditation at the politics of violence and competitive selfhood. The motion of the play happens at the final day of the Mahabharata battle and is concentrated on a number of bewildered survivors of the Kaurava extended family. The ramparts are in ruins, the town is burning, and Kurukshetra is roofed with corpses and vultures. The surviving Kauravas are beaten by way of grief and rage. They lengthy for one final act of revenge opposed to the Pandavas. for this reason whilst Ashwatthama releases the last word weapon, the brahmastra, which threatens to annihilate the realm, they do not want to sentence it as ethically reprehensible.
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I am ready to do even that. But since you sympathize with the Pandavas I must kill you first. Come, pick up your sword. kripacharya Ashwatthama have you gone mad? Have you no sense of honor left in you? Put away your sword. ashwatthama Did you hear that, Father? I am the only one who seeks revenge. Dhristadyumna violated dharma when he killed you. Bhima violated dharma when he killed Duryodhana. Yet I poor, orphaned Ashwatthama must alone carry the burden of honor and dharma. kripacharya Come sit next to me, son.
This is a night of concealment for the defeated Duryodhana. This is a night of pride when heads are held high. This is a night of shame when hands lie paralyzed. Andha Yug 35 A C T T H R E E The Half-Truth of Ashwatthama narrator When Sanjaya’s chariot reached the city gates it was dusk. ” They listened to Sanjaya’s account of the war till the sun rose again. His painful story turned Gandhari into stone. Her face pale with sorrow seemed lifeless. As the sun rose in the sky the city slowly stirred to life.
Andha Yug 23 It was a moment of supreme terror. I felt as if someone had slashed through all the experiences of my soul as swiftly as an arrow slices through a lotus stem. How can I after my humiliating experience tell them the whole truth? kritavarma Be brave, Sanjaya, for only you can tell them about Duryodhana’s defeat. sanjaya What shall I tell them? That the bravest of warriors stood next to his shattered chariot barefoot disarmed bloodstained defeated? That when he saw me he lowered his head and cried?