From Karna's narration to Shalya, one cannot help but sense Karna's distress: What was he being punished for? [11], The play begins with a scene in which, a soldier sent by Duryodhana informs Karna that the time to go to the battlefield had arrived. [6] The Malayali script of these plays was found on 105 palm leaves, believed to be about 300 years old when found. Just before the day of battle when Karna took part in it (he had abstained initially as he did not accept the generalship of Bhishma), Indra, who fathered Arjuna, approached Karna in the form of a Brahmin and asked for Karna's gold chest-armour and earrings. The owner of the cow, brahmin cursed Karna as he would become helpless when he needs his power most in his life because killing a cow is a Apraadh in hindu dharma because the cow is always worshipping as a goddess in Hinduism. However, up until this point in the epic, the Pandavas have no clue that Karna … His life indeed was cursed right from the beginning when his mother abandoned him on the very first day of his birth. Karna again responds valiantly that "I never seek the return on what I have gifted." Karna was famous for his loyalty for his friendship to Duyodhan. A)Parshuram:-Rishi Parshuram was the guru of Karna. The play was performed as part of the National Theatre Festival of National School of Drama. Yet, he knows that none of his expertise and his weapons will serve his will. (2nd Ed.) The child got her ghee but the force that Karna used was so enormous that it hurt the Earth Goddess. To answer this… Same is the case with our lives. Then, once upon a time, when Parashurama had taken his disciples in the forest, Parashurama slept with his head on Karna's lap during siesta. Karna posed himself as a brahmin and went to the great Teacher parushuram to learn the art of warfare .and when Lord Parushuram came to know of the Deceit he cursed him even though he knew about Karnas real Birth keeping in mind the Big picture that would be played out later. Rishi parshuram was against all Kshatriyas and that’s why he never wanted to teach them. ), the Son of the Sun God (太陽神の子, Taiyōshin no Ko? I still admire Karna and Arjuna both. During the war, Krishna helped Arjun to kill KARAN. Karna's memories of his mother's request not to kill his own brothers and the curse of his Guru are fresh in this scene. This made Arjuna know how much great sacrificer was Karna. Dave, P. C. and Dave S. J., 2012-13. So Krishna wanted to show him practically, so Krishna and arjun dressed as Brahmins , and decided to visit both the kings. Kunti felt ashamed of it, put Karna in a basket and floated him across the river. Karna’s chariot wheel not being stuck. Once Karna told a lie to his guru that he was a Brahmana. Mahakavi Kalidasa Virachitam Karnabharam (in Gujarati). Death is imminent in this case, as his adversary is none other than Arjuna, one of the greatest warriors of that time. Karna was cursed by three different- different persons because of his three different incidents which made his fate worse. Thus, the play starts with a messenger of Duryodhana and ends with a scene involving the messenger from Indra. Karna lingers in one’s consciousness as the symbol of Universal man in search of his own self-the ultimate dilemma of existence. He was rescued and reared by a charioteer family. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Proudly powered by WordPress Indra felt guilty at his own treachery and reciprocated by giving to Karna a single-use weapon that could never fail and caused certain death of the enemy for whom it was used. In fact mythological sources say that it was the king of Gods - Indra who had stung Karna in the form of the bee so that he would be cursed by the great sage. I will curse you.” Karna begged, “Please – I am not a Brahmana, but I am not … [5] In Karnabharam, the tragedy does not occur on-stage (Unlike Urubhanga, a tragedy that shows Duryodhana dying - again, written by Bhasa). Karna of Karnabharam is not aided or supported by anyone from his family, and it appears ironic that Indra, Arjun's biological father goes to Karna to protect his son, while Sun, the biological father of Karna, watches on from the sky. Karna led a cursed life from the moment he was born. Once Lord Krishna said that  Karna is a  great sacrifice and it hurts Arjuna because he knew Yudhistira was best in that. A little while later, a messenger sent by Indra arrives and gives him what Indra sent in reciprocation - a weapon named Vimla, which never failed in killing the target. The great warrior Karna, the son of Surya is seen distributed and depressed in the war-field instead of being mighty and powerful. Although Karna's story appears in various parts of Mahabharata, all of them appearing together and serving the backdrop for Karna's intense stress, feeling of being let down in life and un-auspicious omens pointing at impending fate, Bhasa's Karna tells Shalya, "हतोSपि लभते स्वर्गं जित्वा तु लभते यश: Saraswati Pustak Bhandar, Ahmedabad (in Gujarati). The tragic hero of Mahabharata had his share of curses. The play has many deviations from the original Mahabharata and all deviations are purposeful. Bombay University, Kashinath Pandurang Parab, 1924. First they visited Yuddhisthir, asked for wood for cooking food. Thirteen Trivandrum plays ascribed to Bhāsa( 2 Vols), translated by H.C.Woolner, Lakshman Sarup, 193, A.D. Pusalker : Bhasa – a study. Thus ends Bhasa’s play Karnabharan. As the legend goes, Karna was born with a chest-armor (Sanskrit: कवच)and earrings (Sanskrit: कुण्डल) of Gold. In this avatar, Vishnu is a furious and ferocious half-lion and half-man, who kills the demon Hiranyakashipu with his bare hands using the nails. Arjuna knew that now that the curse has been delivered, there is no way fighting on it, trying to see if it can be undone. The Karna of Karnabharam finds an ally in Shalya. Pusalkar, A. D. 1940. Karna tried to appease him, but the brahmana was not to be pacified. The central conflict of The Mahabharata is the war over influence between the Pandava royal family and Kaurava royal family. Annals of the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute 35, 73–83, Bhat, G.K., 1968. ", cries Shalya. Somehow they wanted to justify this and interplolated a story saying it was the curse of the mother earth and therefore Karna could not do anythng about it !! Karnna the protagonist is heroic and pathetic at the same time as he tries to find his place between the mocking and adulation of social forces on one side and the taunting challenges of fate on the other. Second, in the original, Surya - Karna's father visits him in his dream and warns him of a possible cheating by Indra (Vanaparva). Karna was full of pride/hatred and in an act of vengeance insults Draupadi and calls her all … Karna once saw a girl who  was crying soo badly.So he wants to help her then Karna asked that small girl why she was crying, she told that she split ghee on earth accidentally and her mother will scold her if she will not go with ghee bowl. Karna refuses it but accepts it only because he has never before refused a word of a Brahmin. In that case, Karna's statement that he was not a Kshatriya was probably not a lie. It is true that Indra was obliged, favored and even dwarfed, but how Karna thinks that Indra was cheated, is a question that does not have a ready answer.[12]. When the world was unapproving of him, refusing to recognize his true identity, only Duryodhana had helped him. But in Karnabhara, the curse of Parashurama is, "Your weapons will be powerless at the moment of need (Shloka 10)." Karna also remembers the event involving his Guru's curse. Kolhapur: Maharashtra Granth Bhandar, Unni, N.P., 1978. A bug sat on Karna's thigh and began to bite so viciously that Karna started bleeding. "Theatre of Roots": Encounter with Tradition, TDR Vol. It makes sense, because, if Karna did not know that Kunta was his mother until the announcement of war, then he only knew that his foster parents were Shudras - the charioteers of Duryodhana. She tested this by callingSurya, and had Karna. In fact, he had lion’s share in getting cursed by unusual people with no mistake of his own. Also, in the original, when asked by Indra to get something in return for a great act of charity, Karna asks for the ability to kill the enemy. Karnabharam or The Anguish of Karna (literally: The Burden of Karna) [1] is a Sanskrit one-act play written by the Indian dramatist Bhasa, an Indian playwright complimented even by the famous Kalidasa in the beginning of his play Malavikagnimitram. Now, before the great battle of Mahabharata, when Kunti knew that Karna had vowed to kill Arjuna in battle, she went to Karna, identified herself as his mother, and asked him to spare his brothers. 'Bhara' or burden is the central theme. KARNA CURSED BY A COWHERD • Once Karna was practicing his Archery skills and accidentally hit a cow. Please don’t be angry with me.” Parashurama flew into a rage, “You idiot, you think you can come here, wear a false sacred thread and deceive me to get all this out of me? The poor animal wriggled in pain but there was nothing that could be done. In Karnabharam, Karna offers one thing after another, refused by Indra and in the end, offers on his own, his armor and earrings. When Karna promises Indra to give him whatever he wants, Indra blesses him with 'undying glory'. Rishi parshuram was against all Kshatriyas and that’s why he never wanted to teach them. Of course, after Kunti married the king Pandu (Sanskrit: पाण्डु), who was cursed to die if and when he attempted to make love, Kunti had three more sons (Yudhisthira, Arjuna and Bhima) by three different Gods. Karna tells Salya about the curse given by his Guru, Parasurama. ), the invulnerable hero of the Indian epic Mahabharata, as a hero on the vanquished side. He was raised by charioteers. P.110, Oxford University Press, Great Britain, Bhat, G.K., 1954. If Karna would not give his armour to Indra then nobody can able to defeat him. But this can be argued that though these have been curses, Arjuna was able to use them to his and Pandava’s advantage.… The basic plot of this play is inspired by Mahabharata. Pandavas got really angry, but it hit Yudhishthira the most. Mahamahopadhyaya T. Ganapati Sastri made this discovery as part of his field research at the site called Manalikkar located in Kanyakumari district, which is now within the city of Trivandrum (now Thiruvanantapuram). Karna, however, had decided to learn from Parashurama only, so at the time of admission, when Parashurama asked for his Jati, Karna said he was a Brahmin - which was a lie. The same Indra later exploited Karna's generosity and took away the the Kavacha (body armour) and Kundana (ear rings) that virtually made Karna … (Sanskrit: ननु ब्राह्मणवचनात् गृह्यताम्) Karna accepts and asks Shalya once again to take his chariot to where stands Arjuna (Sanskrit: यत्रासावर्जुनस्तत्रैव चोध्यतां मम रथ:). Even the Sun god also spoke to Karna but because of his friendship with Duryodhana, he did not change his position. B. Keith, 1924. When confronted by the Guru, Karna admitted that he had lied about his Jati. Every morning, Karna performed puja of Surya, followed by a session of charity wherein he granted all the favors requested by the people who came to him for help. Parushuram curses Karna even though he knows of his true birth. But when he get to know that his mother is kunti not Radha, then he still wished that he known as Radheya: Son of radha , not Kaunteya: son of kunti. Karna had more skills than Arjun. But, Karna cannot shake off his recent discovery of the fact that he was the eldest son of Kunti (Shloka-7), who did not want him to kill his arch enemy - and now also his younger brother - Arjuna (Shloka-8). Karna cursed by Parashurama. Shalya could not deny Duryodhana's request, but keeps a condition of his own - that Karna would say or do nothing in response to whatever he said to him. In this clip from episode 152 of Mahabharat, Karna supports Ashwatthama in the court where he insults Draupadi. [2] The play describes the mental pain of Karna on the previous day of the Kurukshetra War. [4] That is so perhaps because the Natya Shastra ordains the playwrights to create plays for recreation, and essentially create happy endings. With unshaken valor, he asks Shalya to find Arjuna for him. Ltd. New Delhi, India 1968, This page was last edited on 23 December 2020, at 00:00. This caused severe pain to BHU DEVI (Goddess) and she cursed him that his chariot wheel will be struck in the earth when he was fighting in a crucial part of the war for his respect, value and life and at that time he will loose that war. Before Kurukshetra was going to commence, to avoid the War , Krishna asked Karna to become the king of Hastinapura because he was elder than Duryodhana and Yudhistira but Karna simply refused Krishna’s request because he was loyal to his responsibility and dharna and friendship that he would not betray his great friend Duryodhana and he would fight from Kauravas side only for the sake of Duryodhana, for dharma , duty and friendship. Lancer'sTrue Name is Karna (カルナ, Karuna? His mother abandoned him upon birth. He was great sacrifier than his brother Yudhisthir. Curse on King Dashrath by Shravan PARENT’s. People called him wicked for supporting his friend Duryodhan. Your email address will not be published. He was unaware of his royal lineage pleaded that … Do not fight the “Curse”. In the original, Indra feigning as a brahmin asks for the armor and earrings, and Karna obliges. उभे बहुमते लोके नास्ति निष्फलता रणे ॥ १२॥, [Meaning: If killed, one attains heaven and if victorious, gains glory. In Karnabharam, a guilty Indra sends the weapon, which Karna refuses to accept, saying that he does not seek the return on charity. The problem of Karnabhara. #Sadhguru #Karna #Mahabharat. "No, it was Indra who was cheated by me", responds Karna. Fourth, in the original, when Karna goes to Parashurama, he identifies himself as a brahmin. So Arjuna asked Krishna that  how Karna would be better than  his brother Yudhistira. Karna accepts, and on the battlefield Shalya continually criticizes Karna, reminding him of his low birth and other failures in life. The loss of the ear rings and the armour at the crucial time which increased his bhara or responsibility as the commander of the army. Stories from Mahabharata forming the base of Karnabharam, Dr.G.K.Bhat, 1947. ‘The problem of the Mahābhārata plays of Bhāsa’. Bruckner, H. Accepting the challenge from Arjuna and Krishna the revitalized Karna proceed to this ultimate fate heroically. Karna (Sanskrit: कर्ण, IAST: Karṇa), also known as Vasusena, Anga-raja, and Radheya, is one of the major characters of the Hindu epic Mahābhārata. However, the play contains a multitude of staging signs, and their variety increases its performance time greatly (p. 51). According to Mahabharatha, Karna, along with Arjuna, were the only warriors who had the capacity to conquer the entire world. That will make the curse even worse and further derogate his situation. But the role of Karna’s in the Mahabharata is important all the same as arjun’s because he had all skills that arjun had , Karna had cabablity of defeat Arjun. Theme: Newsup by Themeansar. Mahakavi Bhasa Virachitam: Karnabharam. Arjun loses his temper and curses Karna. Three major changes are: First, the play is characterized by a friendly dialogue between Karna and Shalya, his Charioteer. Karna suspected treachery, but since he did not want to break his vow of granting every wish made after his puja, he gave those two objects away. Karna said, “Yes, I am not a Brahmana. The play analyses the reasons. Karna's cursed existence, war crimes and death: Through his hot headed and thoughtless deeds, Karna earned many curses. But Karna lied to him for learing archery, he claimed that he was a brahmin. The Karna of the Mahabharata (in Karnaparva) fights bravely in spite of nagging criticism of Shalya. Then they went to Karna but Karna  was also not able to find dry sandalwood but  still with the help of his bow and arrow, he destroyed doors of his court and gave that wood to them. 4 (Winter, 1989), MIT Press, pp. An interesting discussion around the major scenes of this play is found in Pusalkar. Karna not having any curses. After Nandi, the Sutradhara presents the auspicious shloka, a seeking blessing or wishing well for the audience. You will be cursed somewhere down the road. [16] The battle of his life awaits him, as he is now the General of the Kaurava army. Third, the mental agony experienced by Karna is an exploration and presentation by Bhasa. Like all the Pandavas, his real father was a god, in this case, Surya. The second story is that of Karna's sojourn with his Guru, Parashurama. Awasthi and Schechner (1988)[17] note that the length of "Karnabharam" should be given its due importance. But the stream of warm blood touched Parashurama, who woke up and realized that such fortitude was beyond a Brahmin. Karna not demotivated by Salya. Angered by this treachery, Parashurama cursed Karna that he would forget all his lie-begotten vidya in the moment of true need. None were carrying the name of their author. Sadhguru answers about KRISHNA's Sadhana & why HE loves Arjuna so much.Also HIS & Arjunas past life. O Narada, Yudhisthira replied, indeed, I have conquered the whole earth relying … The Nandi occurs first, but we do not know how it was being performed in Bhasa's plays. Yet his selfless deeds and countless donations earned him the title Daan Veer. Also read- Interesting facts about Mahabharat! The word 'bhara' in the title may refer to. - this Karna of Bhasa faces a much more ominous threat. Mahakavi Bhasa Virachitam: Karnabharam. But Karna lied to him for learing archery, he claimed that he was a brahmin. Indra accepts and goes away. Again, in Mahabharata, Parashurama's curse is limited to use of Brahmastra by Karna. But it went wrong , Rishi parshuram cursed Karna for deceiving him. However, he knew that without those two divine objects on his body, he was vulnerable to death. [3] Karnabharam is essentially the retelling of an episode of the Indian epic Mahabharata but the story is presented in a different perspective in the play. Indra is in the attire of a Brahmin, and he does not reveal his identity. 2. So, he cursed him that all his martial skill including use of Brahmastra would desert him when he needed them most.This meant that he would forget all that he had learned from Parashurama during his hours of crisis. Karna was The mantra could be used five times. Bhāsa Studies. Unlike his younger brothers, Karna was given up by his mother Kunti. When we talk about the Mahabharata, we always recall Lord Krishna as it is said that he was reincarnation of Lord Vishnu and second we recall Arjuna who was the great warrior and third one is Yudhisther who is known as Dharamraaj also. Karna finds himself filled with extreme agony and grief that manifest themselves from his whole demeanor, which was ironic given that it was a day of great battle for him (Shloka-6). The astra advised by Parasurama is found powerless at the needed hour. After everything was decided, he would look at Karna, “What shall we do?” Karna could very easily have turned the direction of the whole story. 33, No. It is perhaps the only potential tragedy in the classic Sanskrit literature, presented in a form that comes closest to the "Vyayoga" (Sanskrit: व्यायोग) form of one-act play. Munshiram Manoharlal Oriental Publishers & Booksellers, Delhi. Karnabhara - An Edition of the One-Act Play Ascribed to Bhasa Based on Three Manuscripts, Dave, P. C. and Dave S. J., 2012-13. Was it his fault that a Shudra Charioteer adopted him? Kunti makes Karna promise that he will not harm his brother and Karna promises her that he will not attack the Pandavas except for Arjun in order to fulfil both, Putra (son) and Mitra (friend) Dharam. It was designed and directed by Kavalam Narayana Panicker. The messenger from Indra offers a powerful weapon Vimala which can destroy one among the Pandavas. Enraged Yudhisthira Cursed … When Karna told the truth about him being a charioteer’s son and not a kshatriya , Parasurama’s anger subsided a little. But in Karnabhara, the curse of Parashurama is, "Your weapons will be powerless at the moment of need (Shloka 10)." Karna was one of the greatest warriors of ancient India as given in the Mahabharatha. Parashurama was a sworn enemy of Kshatriyas and he taught archery (Dhanurvidya) only to the Brahmins. | The play depicts Karna's mental agony a day before the Kurukshetra War, as he thinks about his past and his faith. He cursed Karna saying, When you are fighting with your worst enemy, the wheel of your chariot will sink into the mud, and just as you killed my poor innocent cow when she was unaware of danger, you will also be killed by your opponent when you are least prepared for it. Kunti had a boon, given by Rishi Durvasa, which empowered her to invoke a god by chanting a mantra for obtaining a son. Karnabharam shows the valiant, generous, righteous Karna riding out towards the battle-ground, where his death under heart-wrenching circumstances is certain. Mother Earth’s Curse. Was he really lying when he told his Guru that he was not a Kshatriya? Soon, cheating by Indra follows and Karna lives up to his reputation of the supreme donor - Daneshvari ((Sanskrit: दानेश्वरी). When the Pandavas and Kauravas had finished their training, a grand ceremony was organized to show their remarkable skills. Also Read: Top 8 Dark Secrets Of Mahabharata That Will Shock You! - this Karna of Bhasa faces a much more ominous threat. Here’s why. Lord Krishna always used to praise the greatness of Karna in front of Arjuna but Arjun gets jealous. 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