Raghavanka emphasises on racism along with untruthfulness prevailing in his times. Daring the presentation of Raghavanka shows the importance of secularism for a healthy and prosperous society. This Kannada play is very apt in the present intolerance scenario, as it voices out Raghavanka's view point.
A herculean task of selecting of 115 shatpadi verses from the original Raghavanka's 'Harishchandra charitham' and presenting this production in the name of 'Harishchandra kavya' should be credited to Shri K.G. Mahabaleshwar, who is directing this great work.
The plot: ''Raghavanka visualizes the whole story and starts writing 'Harishchandra Charithram', where the plot begins at Devendra's palace, where many saints, visionaries, philosophers and saint poets are present. Indra asks Saint Vasista about a man of veracity among the kings of the Ikshvaku clan, in response to which, Vasista identifies King Harishcandra as the man of veracity. Saint Vishwamitra then takes up the challenge to prove Vasista wrong. Raja Harishchandra sacrifices everything and faces loads of difficulties until he breaks the myth of racism within himself. Ultimately, Vishwamitra falls against Harishchandra's truthfulness''.