Vol. 3, Issue 5 (2016)
Discuss Girish Karnad’s “Tughlaq” as a historical play
Author(s): Krishma Chaudhary
Abstract: The present research paper deals with Girish Karnad’s ‘Tughlaq’ as a historical play. ‘Tughlaq’ by Girish Karnad is a classic in Indian English drama. The play revolves around the 14th century historical figure of Muhammad Tughlaq. Karnad deals with history of that time in the play. He was deeply impressed by Tughlaq’s character. The play is highly complex and it can be seen and read from a number of perspectives. Tughlaq is obviously a historical play with a mixture of fact and fiction in its narrative. Karnad studied deeply the facts related to Muhammad Tughlaq before writing ‘Tughlaq’. The play is set in the year 1327 and the action moves from Delhi to Daultabad. Karnad himself explains, “I started with Ishwari Parsad and then went on to all the contemporary material and suddenly felt possessed. I felt the character was growing in front of me.” So, in this essay we discussed “Tughlaq” as a famous historical play.