Episode 2: Geographies of Kannada part I ft. Vivek Shanbhag

Girish had a long friendship with the Kannada writer, Vivek Shanbhag, our special guest for this episode. Vivek prods Girish to talk about his challenges with writing contemporary plays. They also talk about his complex relationship with Kannada and finding the right language for what a writer wants to say.

Besides readings from Wedding Album and Tughlaq, we also get to listen to short scene from  UR Ananthamurthy’s Samskara, a novel that Girish loved dearly.

Show Notes

  1. Vivek Shanbhag remembers and reflects on his relationship with Girish Karnad. (02:21)
  2. Girish Karnad’s critical essay on Sriranga’s Harijanwara. (05:31)
  3. Girish Karnad on the modern and traditional in theatre. (06:56)
  4. UR Ananthamurthy’s introduction to Girish Karnad’s Tughlaq. (36:48)


  1. Girish Karnad’s thoughts on mother tongues
  2. Girish Karnad reviews Vivek Shanbhag’s Ghachar Ghochar