Mahachaitra, the Great Spring
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The three plays in this volume were written and staged between 1986 and 1995, and they focus on three figures who have had a decisive influence on Kannada history and culture—Basavanna, the revolutionary religious genius and saint of twelfth-century Karnataka; Madaiah the Cobbler, a legendry character who had a great impact on the backward castes, untouchables and indigenous people of South Karnataka; and Tipu Sultan, the ruler whom the British schemed to defeat and depose. Mahachaitra, the play centred on the saint Basavanna, created a year-long controversy in Karnataka in which fundamentalists locked horns with Dalit and leftist defenders of the text, turning it virtually into a household name.
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