One of the most influential plays I have ever read!

Every word, every phrase of this play is so true that I could literally feel how morally wrong our age has become. Why the present age is the age of darkness and why humans are losing their calm is beautifully answered in this incredible play.

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Andha Yug (The Blind Age) is a well-crafted play by a prominent Hindi dramatist Dharamvir Bharati. It is based on Mahabharata,Β which is considered to be the longest Indian epic ever written.

This play depicts an apt picture of our present times .The centralized theme of the play showcases how we easily blame god in our bad times. The play conveys how future is determined by our present actions and is not predestined. And, the major theme of this play is how violence and wars can only produce large-scale carnage without any victors!

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The play has five acts; each act presenting a particular character and his/her blinkered vision of life. After losing the war against Pandavas, the left Kaurava characters – Ashvatthama, Gandhari, Dhritrashtra, Yuyutsu, etc – begin viewing Karma according to their own selfish interests. Their attitude towards life becomes so much blinkered that they commence on the path of further degeneration. They totally discard the idea of repent and instead, choose the path of further violence & carnage. The presence of the character of Krishna (Lord Vishnu in his human avatar) in each act through several things such as peacock feather, ringing of the bells and the melodious sound of his flute, is symbolic of the chance to repent available to the Kaurava characters. But, these characters are so much blinded by their rage that, these positive things are not visible to them.

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After presenting us with an abominable picture of Kauravas’ actions, Bharati is ingenious enough to show us the deteriorating picture of Pandavas after their victory. Pandavas are also leading a decadent life as they do not know how to rule, they have killed their brothers and are equal participants in the bloodshed as much were the Kauravas. Their conscience is guilty and it seems as if one set of selfish rulers have simply replaced another. They do not prove to be any great rulers of Hastinapur.

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Hence, through this play, Bharati questions the idea of aiming peace through wars. He clearly depicts how wars are destructive for both the sides. It does not matter whether you lose or win, a war can only lead to loss of human lives & peace.

I totally recommend you to read this play and realize how violence can only result in bloodshed without any happiness!

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  1. This is true to the smallest bit! A war is nothing but a medium, well agreed to by the heads of two (or more) rebel groups, to create havoc in human as well as natural habitat.

    Well, after a long time, you came up with a bang, Manpreet!
    Keep on writing, buddy! πŸ™‚

        1. Yeah!
          But, when reading this play, one has to really give great attention to what author is implying. This play has been interpreted wrongly by many. One needs to understand that Bharati is not playing devil’s advocate instead, he is pointing towards the blind rage one becomes tempted to in the times of war!

          1. Yes, you are correct! It finally depends on the mindset of the reader and not only the writer. The author may have had lots of imaginative visions running over his head while writing, but the readers won’t surely have the same. You are, perhaps, an optimistic reader. You saw the positive side of it. There will still be many who’d like to delve in negativity that is (not intentionally) hiding in the play.