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Tagore, Rabindranath (aka Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, Indian playwright, May 7, 1861-August 7, 1941), “Karna and Kunti” (from the dramatic dialogue in verse Kadi O Komal, 1896),

a __-minute symbolist dance-drama in English, set in _____,


 ©  1993 by Daniel Gerould;  •  in Doubles, Demons, and Dreamers: A Collection of International Symbolist Drama, edited with an introduction by Daniel Gerould (1928-____) (New York: Performing Arts Journal Publications, 1993), ISBN 0933826788, 224 pp.; •  script/rights available from Gerould.  •  Cited in Play Index, 1983-1987: An Index to 3,964 Plays, edited by Juliette Yaakov (____-____) and John Greenfieldt (New York: The H. W. Wilson Company, 1988), ISSN 0554-3037, LCCN 64-1054, 522 pp.

 §  Dramatis Personae Karna (m), son of Surya, the Sun god, and Kunti; Kunti (f), sister of King Vasudeva, wife of Pandu, mother of Karna, beautiful, serene, loving, selfless.

 §  Synopsis Mother and son meet by chance.

 §  Comment “Symbolist drama based on episode from Sanskrit epic Mahabharata . . . .”—Yaakov and Greenfieldt, p. 362.  •  Tagore was a poet, essayist, short story writer, novelist, mystic, painter, composer of songs, social, political, religious and aesthetic thinker, innovator in education and champion of the “One World” idea, and in 1913 the Nobel laureate for literature.  •  “Daniel Gerould: (Graduate Center) Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, University of Chicago. Major publications include: Theatre/Theory: Theory/Theatre (ed. Applause, 1999); Guillotine: Its Legend and Lore (Blast Books, 1992); The Witkiewicz Reader (ed. and trans. Northwestern University Press, 1992); Doubles, Demons, and Dreamers: An International Collection of Symbolist Drama (editor. Performing Arts Journal Publications, 1983); and American Melodrama (editor. Performing Arts Journal Publications, 1982). He is also the series editor of 'Polish and Eastern European Archives' (Harwood) and editor of Slavic and East European Performance. Specializations: Modern European Drama and Theatre (Polish and Russian); Genre Studies; Theatre Theory. Contact:  mailto:dgerould@gc.cuny.edu.”—CUNY Graduate Theater Program, http://web.gc.cuny.edu/theatre/faculty.htm, accessed August 1, 2002.

  §  Themes chance encounter, epic, family, India, Mahabharata, mother-son relationship, Sanskrit.

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