This production is at one level a simple story of Karna , the anti hero of Mahabharata. At another level it is a commentary on class conflict and about our social mores.The production is inspired by Karna’s character especially as it is depicted in Padmabhushan Ramdhari Singh Dinkar's epic valour-steeped poem “Rashmirathi”. Rashmirathi literally means the one who rides the Sun's chariot. The tragic circumstances of Karna’s life leaves one in great awe of his struggle for his principles against all odds. Born to the unwed Kunti, the Pandava queen, he is abandoned by his mother and brought up by a low born charioteer and his wife; humiliated because he is stopped from a duel with Arjuna and from learning archery skills from Parsuram because he is of a lower caste, a forlorn Karna is finally befriended by the Kaurava prince Duryondhana.
This great warrior, betrayed by man and God alike, dies lonely in the battlefield, never once having wavered from his principles. Anuradha portrays a story of motherhood, love, friendship loyalty, principles and valour. Above all it is a story of sacrifice. Told with a passion that befits the quintessential anti hero Karna, it traces the story of his life as told in through the traditional grammar of Bharatanatyam.
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