In Chandrasekhar Kambar's timeless classic The Bringer of Rain: Rishyashringya, a village afflicted with a deadly famine eagerly awaits the arrival of the chieftain's son, whose homecoming promises the return of rain. As the death toll rises, age-old secrets are unravelled and mythical forces step out of hiding. Will the sky relent?
Power and bloodshed run hand in hand in Kambar's latest, Mahmoud Gawan. Set in the fifteenth-century Bahamani Sultanate, it follows Gawan's rise to fame during a time of intense civil strife when empires routinely rose and fell.
Alluring and sublime, Two Plays is a must-read for anyone hoping to dip their toes into the rich waters of Kannada folklore and theatre.
CHANDRASEKHAR KAMBAR is an award-winning playwright who was born in 1937 in Ghodgeri, north Karnataka. Kambar also writes poetry, fiction and literary and cultural criticism in Kannada. He is the recipient of the Jnanpith Award and the Padma Shri. He is the president of the Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi.
Kambar's oeuvre of over twenty-five plays comprises many well-known works, including Jokumaraswami, Siri Sampige and Mahamayi, among others. He also has eleven poetry collections and six novels to his credit. A man of many interests, Kambar is also an illustrious scholar, film-maker and teacher. He has held the posts of vice chancellor, Kannada University (Hampi), and chairman, National School of Drama (New Delhi).
KRISHNA MANAVALLI is a professor in the department of English at Karnatak University, Dharwad. She is a literary critic and translator who works in both English and Kannada. In her long and brilliant academic career in the US and India, Krishna has worked on multiple areas such as contemporary British literature, South Asian writing, postcolonial studies, feminism, cultural studies and translations. Krishna is also a member of the English advisory board of the Sahitya Akademi, and is on many academic and university administrative boards in the state.
Krishna's recent publications include the translation of the renowned Kannada writer and Jnanapith award-winner Chandrashekhar Kambar's novels Karimayi (Seagull 2017) and Shivana Dangura (Speaking Tiger 2017). Krishna has received the 2019 Karnataka Sahitya Academy award for her translation of Karimayi.