Andha Yug: The Age of Darkness

Paperback: $20.00
ISBN-13: 9780824835170
Published: May 2010

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168 pages
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  • About the Book
  • Andha Yug is one of the great Indian plays of the millennium, and in Alok Bhalla it has found an ideal translator. . . . A model in the fraught field of translation.” —Girish Karnad, playwright, Padma Bhushan and Jnanpith Laureate

    “Bhalla’s fine translation is austere and rigorous, negotiating both the epic scale of the play and the Spartan simplicity of its poetry.” —Keki N. Daruwalla, poet, Sahitya Akademi Laureate

    One of the most significant plays of post-Independence India, Dharamvir Bharati’s Andha Yug takes place on the last day of the Great Mahabharata War. The once-beautiful city of Hastinapur is burning, the battlefield beyond the walls is piled with corpses, and the few survivors huddle together in grief and rage, blaming the destruction on their adversaries, divine capriciousness—anyone or anything except their own moral choices. Andha Yug explores our capacity for moral action, reconciliation, and goodness in times of atrocity and reveals what happens when individuals succumb to the cruelty and cynicism of a blind, dispirited age.

    Andha Yug is illustrated with paintings from a rare, single manuscript of the Razmnama (Book of War), dated to 1598–1599. Created during the reign (1556–1605) of the great Mughal emperor Akbar, the Razmnama is written in Persian, yet it is a translation of the Mahabharata, one of the great Indian epics of Hinduism. An essay by Yael Rice reveals the Indian, Persian, and European elements within the translations, as well as the diverse cultural character of the Mughal court of Akbar.

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  • About the Author(s)
    • Dharamvir Bharati, Author

    • Alok Bhalla, Translator

      Alok Bhalla is a scholar, translator, and poet
      based in Delhi, India. He a fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, and editor of the four-volume collection Stories About the Partition of India.

    • Alok Bhalla, Translator

      Alok Bhalla is a scholar, translator, and poet
      based in Delhi, India. He a fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, and editor of the four-volume collection Stories About the Partition of India.