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The Right to Rule and Domain of the Sun

K.N. Panikkar (Author) Paul Matthew (Translator) R. Gopalakrishnan (Translator)
Synopsis The plays in this volume draw on myth to communicate situations which are both contemporary and universal. In The Right to Rule, the characters, images and languages are characteristic of myth being non-realistic and non-representational while in The Domain of the Sun, in a reworking of the story of Ramayana, the playwright dramatizes the ancient myth of the victory of light and wisdom over the tyranny of darkness, ignorance and evil. Ravan represents the forces of repression, Rama as Suryavanshi embodies the life-giving power of the Sun, and Sita is the earth, in danger of being robbed of its fertility by the prolonged reign of darkness which is eventually terminated by the Sun’s triumph. Kavalam Narayana Panikkar utilises several performance traditions of his native Kerala to evolve his distinctive theatre, including Mohiniattam, Kathakali, Padayani or folk dance and Koodiyattam. The result is a rich audiovisual spectacle in which music, song, dance, mime, verse and the spoken word are choreographed into a dynamic unity. K. N. Panikkar is one of India’s most active and acclaimed playwright-directors. In 1983 he was honoured by the Sangeet Natak Akademi for his contribution to Indian theatre.
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About the authors

K.N. Panikkar

KN Panikkar is among the foremost historians of modern India. Formerly with the Jawaharlal Nehru University, he is currently the Vice Chancellor, Sree Sankaracharya University, Kalady, Kerala. His books include 'Against Lord and State: Religion and Peasant Uprisings in Malabar' (Oxford University Press, 1990), 'Culture and Consciousness in Modern India' (Peoples Publishing House, 1990), 'Culture, Ideology and Hegemony – Intellectuals and Social Consciousness in Colonial India' (Tulika, 1996). He has also edited a number of books including 'A Concerned Indian’s Guide to Communalism' (Penguin, 1999) and the ICHR volume on 'Towards Freedom, 1940, A Documentary History of the Freedom Struggle' (unpublished and suppressed.

R. Gopalakrishnan

Dr. R. Gopalakrishnan is Professor of Geography, North Eastern Hill University (NEHU). He has done extensive research on ethnicity, insurgency and political geography of North-East India. He has authored several books on North-East India and Afghanistan. He is the President of Policy Alternatives for the North-East and Conflict Elimination Awareness (Panacea), Shillong.

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Title The Right to Rule and Domain of the Sun
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.1989
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8170460719
length 70p., Plates.