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Crossing to Talikota

Girish Karnad (Author)

The year is 1565. Devastation reigns over the once-renowned Vijayanagara Empire. Its powerful army has buckled under the assault of four minor Sultanates. Within a few hours of the Battle of Talikota, the political contours of southern India have been radically altered, the rich and prosperous capital city, Vijayanagara, plundered, decimated, and abandoned. It would lie uninhabited for centuries, known thereafter only as ‘the ruins of Hampi’.

Behind this cataclysm swirls a saga of ruthless ambition, caste, and religious conflict, family intrigue and betrayal, driven by the power hungry ‘Aliya’ Ramaraya, son-in-law of the emperor Krishna Deva Raya. A brilliant strategist and diplomat, he ruled the empire with an iron hand but was unacceptable to his own people as the legitimate heir because he lacked royal blood.

In Crossing to Talikota, Girish Karnad focuses on the interplay of characters who have been ignored by history even though they played integral roles in shaping one of its darkest chapters.

Contents: Preface. Crossing to Talikota. Bibliography.

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About the author

Girish Karnad

Girish Karnad was Rhodes Scholar at Oxford. He has served as Director of the Film and Television Institute of India, Chairman of the Sangeet Natak Akademi (the National Academy of the Performing Arts) and Director of the Nehru Centre, London (the cultural wing of the High Commission of India). He was Visiting Professor and Playwright-in-Residence at the University of Chicago. He has been elected Fellow of the Sangeet natak Akademi, and has received the Sahitya Akademi, and has received the Sahitya Akademi award as well as the Jnanpith, India's highest distinctions for lifetime contribution to literature and the arts. He has been decorated with the Padma Bhushan. His career as a dramatist has been paralleled by an equally celebrated career as actor, screenwriter and diretor of film and television, through which he played a pivotal role in the Indian Parallel Cinema movement from the 1970s to 1990s.

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Bibliographic information

Title Crossing to Talikota
Author Girish Karnad
Format Softcover
Date published: 20.05.2019
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9780199496150
length 90p.
Subjects History