Dance Drama - 'Chandalika' (In Hindi) - 2393 903 - LP Record
on a Buddhist tale 'Chandalika' was published in the form of a dance drama in
1938 and was for the first time staged in Calcutta in the same year. The
story of 'Chandalika' centers round Prokiti (chandalika), a low caste girl,
who for that reason is thoroughly despised by her neighbors so much that even
hawkers in the street would not sell their goods to her. She broods over her
destiny and curses her mother for bringing her into the world. While in this
mood, she goes to fetch water from the well where she meets Ananda, a
desciple of Buddha. Thristy and Exhausted, Ananda begs for a drink of water.
Prokriti informs him that she was an untouchable and as such it was decreed
that water from her well was to be treated as polluted by the high caste.
Ananda replies to the effect that all human beings were wqual, drinks the
water, blesses her and departs. The incident changes Prokriti's entire
outlook on life and she begins to live for the day when Ananda would appear
before her again. He does on one occassion go past her chanting hymns with
other Buddhist monks but fails to notice her. Bitterly disappointed, she
seeks help from her mother who is known to practice witchcraft. The mother
agrees and by various means of sorcery succeeds in bringing Ananda before
Prokriti. The later touches the monk's feet and begs his forgiveness for
dragging him down to her own level. The play ends with Ananda pronouncing his
blessings on her.
Dance Drama - 'Chandalika' (In Hindi) - 2393 903