Vol. 3, Issue 4 (2016)
Discuss “Tughlaq” by Girish Karnad as a tragedy of intrigues
Author(s): Krishma Chaudhary
Abstract: The present research paper deals with Girish Karnad’s famous play “Tughlaq” as a tragedy of intrigues. Girish Karnad’s ‘Tughlaq’, though written in Kannada, is a classic in Indian English drama. The story of the play revolves around the 14th century historical figure of “Muhammad Tughlaq”. The play presents a clear picture of the circumstances of the time and the character of Tughlaq. The play is an artistically successful presentation of the complexity of the character of Tughlaq. The action of the play takes place in 14th century and at that time, the Sultan was surrounded by a network of intrigues. Thus, the play gives the impression of the tragedy of intrigues. The courtiers hatched various intrigues against the Sultan and they were always ready to overthrow him. The Sultan, on the other hand, also indulges into various intrigues to surpass his enemies. The play has many intrigues like the intrigues of Sultan against his nobles and the intrigues of the trusted courtiers and the nobles against the Sultan. In this essay we discussed “Tughlaq” as a tragedy of intrigues.