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Chitra - A Play in One Act

Chitra - A Play in One Act

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Chitra, a Play in One Act
Rabindranath Tagore
 
Table of Contents
Chitra, a Play in One Act...................................................................................................................................1
Rabindranath Tagore................................................................................................................................1PREFACE................................................................................................................................................1SCENE I.................................................................................................................................................2SCENE II................................................................................................................................................4SCENE III...............................................................................................................................................7SCENE IV...............................................................................................................................................9SCENE V..............................................................................................................................................10SCENE VI.............................................................................................................................................10SCENE VII...........................................................................................................................................12SCENE VIII..........................................................................................................................................12SCENE IX.............................................................................................................................................15
Chitra, a Play in One Acti
 
Chitra, a Play in One Act
Rabindranath Tagore
This page copyright © 2001 Blackmask Online.http://www.blackmask.comPREFACE
SCENE I
SCENE II
SCENE III
SCENE IV
SCENE V
SCENE VI
SCENE VII
SCENE VIII
SCENE IX
Scanned and edited by Elliot S. Wheeler, wheelere@acm.orgTOMRS. WILLIAM VAUGHN MOODY
PREFACE
THIS lyrical drama was written about twenty−five years ago. It is based on the following story from theMahabharata.In the course of his wanderings, in fulfilment of a vow of penance, Arjuna came to Manipur. There he sawChitrangada, the beautiful daughter of Chitravahana, the king of the country. Smitten with her charms, heasked the king for the hand of his daughter in marriage. Chitravahana asked him who he was, and learningthat he was Arjuna the Pandara, told him that Prabhanjana, one of his ancestors in the kingly line of Manipur,had long been childless. In order to obtain an heir, he performed severe penances. Pleased with theseausterities, the god Shiva gave him this boon, that he and his successors should each have one child. It sohappened that the promised child had invariably been a son. He, Chitravahana, was the first to have only adaughter Chitrangada to perpetuate the race. He had, therefore, always treated her as a son and had made herhis heir.Continuing, the king said:"The one son that will be born to her must be the perpetuator of my race. That son will be the price that Ishall demand for this marriage. You can take her, if you like, on this condition."Arjuna promised and took Chitrangada to wife, and lived in her father's capital for three years. When a sonwas born to them, he embraced her with affection, and taking leave of her and her father, set out again on histravels.
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