Karnad Natakotsav 2018 - Taledanda
Eight hundred years ago,during the reign of King Bijjala of the Kalachurya dynasty, in the city of Kalyana, a man called Basavanna assembled a congregation of poets, mystics, social revolutionaries and philosophers, unmatched for their creativity and social commitment in the history of Karnataka, even perhaps of India itself. They opposed idolatry, rejected temple worship, upheld equality of sexes, and condemned the caste system. But events take a violent turn when they act on their beliefs and a Brahmin girl marries a 'low caste' boy. What happens thereafter is the play Taledanda, which deals with times during which a vibrant, prosperous society plunged into anarchy and terror.