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Guru Dakshina

Guru Dakshina

Drama | Hindi


This play is well written by Deen Dayal Varma in a beautiful poetic form.
The play depicts the story of veer Eklavya, who wanted to be the student of Guru Dronacharya but was denied because of the fact that Eklavya was from a lower caste. After being rejected by Dronacharya, Eklavya embarks upon a program of self-study in the presence of a clay image of Drona. He achieves a level of skill superior to that of Arjuna, Drona's favorite and most accomplished pupil. Drona eventually comes to know this and demands that Eklavya turns over his right thumb as “Guru-Dakshina”. The loyal Ekalavya cripples himself, thereby ruining his abilities as an archer, but Dronacharya was more surprised to see that Eklavya considered him as his teacher throughout his life and even used to worship his statue.
The play is a satire on the caste system in Indian society and also shows the dedication and respect of a student towards his teacher at the same time. The play has been adapted in the experimental form using live music and folk dance form.


  • Age limit: 12+.