Rabindranath Tagore develop an early love for literature, and had begun The theme of the play Chandalika is the realization by a chandal girl that she is a. Chandalika Rabindranath Tagore was a poet, novelist, shortstory writer and dramatist. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in Tagore’s interest. TAGORE’S DANCE DRAMA CHANDILIKA Based on a Buddhist tale ‘Chandalika’ was published in the form of a dance drama in and was for the first time.

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Summary of the ‘Chandalika’ by Rabindranath Tagore

Skip to main content. Chandalika is based on a Buddhist legend. The pre — independence era saw some stalwarts like Rabindranath Tagore, Sir Aurobindo, Harindranath Chattopadhyaya and Bharati Sarahi, who contributed substantially to the growth and development of Chanda,ika English drama.

It attempts to view how the play is a site where Tagore projects two people, opposed to each other due to their religion, caste, gender and sexuality to bring in a tagroe of disharmonies that lie between them, and thereby, prove a social point. Tagore’s Chandalika as a social drama. Been there and Done that. So, while drama entertains it also teaches and informs. Prakriti is seeking castial redemption through sexual gratification. It has rendered them mentally and physically handicapped and therefore even the idea of protest seems to be a dream and they cannot think of harboring any resentment against it.

Anonymous April 5, at She only wishes to obtain human status. Instead of that she might have been from poor girl. The theory of destiny is a given concept by Hinduism. The artist has used this medium to highlight the value system of a society, for the purpose of enlightening, educating and motivating the people.


In Chandalika, Tagore interfaces Love’s manifold forms creating a conflict verging on violence. These are the rules, norms and values, and parameters of the society. Man it sure is good to have a summary of everything you provide fit in my head before giving an exam Using drama as a medium Tagore tries to motivate Indians, to act against the practice of untouchability. Ananda prays to the Buddha to save himself from this shame and remorse. This story shows that the crime would occur in lower community and the lower community is accused and blamed.

The characters’ names – Prakriti, Mother and Ananda – are unmistakable symbols unraveling the action of the play.

Chandalika realizes her true identity: Bharata ascribed a divine origin to drama and considered it as the fifth Veda. She got immoral and selfish for achieving the unachievable.

In a battle of magical chants and spiritual power, Prakriti comes to a realization that love can never be forced or possessed. The play displays close interlinking of caste, gender rabindrqnath religion in subtle and significant ways.

Their variety in purpose, theme, structure, language and treatment is astonishing. Untouchability was a sore point with him. The Tagore family was a leading follower of Brahma Samaj, a new religious sector in the 19th century.

The play evokes Hindu, Buddhist, and Christian notions of creative, renunciatory, and sacrificial Love. Anyway, I have included some major points that may be of help.



Religious and communal superstitions were reflected in the social life of the country due to lack of free relations with the rabindranayh forces of the world. Working on a project about Rabindranath Tagore’s works. Anonymous April 28, at 3: The Poona Pact between Gandhi and Ambedkar had changed nothing on the ground.

According to me why the protagonist Prakriti has been as untouchable girl. The discrimination in the society on the basis of caste has its roots in traditional social conventions, deep — rooted blind orthodoxy chamdalika the monopoly of ruling class over economic resources. For this she got undeservingly selfish and victimized the encourager.

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In other words, the theme of this play is the awakening of a sense of her identity in a chandal girl, and her newly acquired awareness that her having been born as a chandal girl does not mean that she is a non-entity.

When she sees him standing in front of her in almost a pathetic state she repents and surrenders in shame, she falls at his feet begging his forgiveness. Don’t be a rat.