Writer : Dattprasad Shenai
Director : Balkrishna Narayan Gore
Group : Balkrishan Gore Paramparik Lok Kala, Dashaawtaree Natya Mandal Kawathi, Maharashtra
Language : Marathi
Duration : 90 Mins
16th day of the Mahabharata war revolves around Karna. Although Karna faces an intense emotional conflict, he emerges as a great human being and warrior. A night before the beginning of Kurushetra war, Duryodhana appoints Karna as the new commander of Kauravas. Kunti requests Krishna to prevail over Karna, her first son, to fight on the side of the Pandavas and against the Kauravas. Krishna advises Kunti that she herself should speak to Karna. When Kunti meets Karna, he faces an emotional conflict. He is committed to Duryodhana but he assures his mother that the life of his brothers will be safeguarded. The story of this play highlights how Karna emerges as the greatest warrior Maharathi Karna in this difficult situation.
Dashavatar is a famous folk theatre form of Maharashtra. Dashavatar originated in Karnataka, spread to Maharashtra, and finally established itself in Konkan. It does not have any written compilation; the dialogues of the play are natural and rejuvenating. Male actors play the role of female characters as well. Dashavatar is a local home training for the actor community. Having a stage and technical assistance is not a necessity for this form. It can be performed in streets, nearby roads, in an open courtyard or anywhere else. Various Dashavatar groups are preserving this tradition in Konkan region. They are working with total dedication and commitment to nurture this cultural tradition with enthusiasm, and without any govt. or industry support.
Director and Director’s Note
I, Balkrishna Narayan Gore, M.P.- Kavathi, Taluka Kudal, District- Sindhudurg Greets all of you, the considerate viewers. ‘Dashavatar’ is an iconic folk art form of our Konkan region. In this, the stories of Ramayana and Mahabharata are presented. Dashavatar folk art tradition is almost an ancient art dating back to the era prior to 800 years. Being the Dashavatar our lineage, the present generation is the ninth generation of that tradition, which has continued it even today. Dashavatar is a popular folk drama in Konkan, Maharashtra, and Goa states. In these regions, Dashavatara was earlier called Yakshagana. Keshav, Madhav, Mukund, Murare, Hari, Ram, Krishna, and Govind – these eight of our ancestors brought this art from Karnataka to Konkan in the form of Dashavatar, and I represent the ninth generation of this lineage. Me Balkrishna aka Dinesh Gore… It has been twenty years since I was associated with Dashavatar- performance. In this Dashavatari, I have been playing the roles of Ram, Krishna, Indra, Shankar, and Narad. Our Dashavatar has been performed in numerous National-International theatre festivals, organized in Madhya Pradesh’s Ujjain and Indore, Maharashtra’s Osmanabad, Dhule and Nashik, International Olympic Festival, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, West Bengal, Jammu-Kashmir. Our Balakrishna Gore Paramparik Lok Kala Dashavatari Natya Mandal Kavathi has been included in the Universal Talent Book of Records. Our group has received 52 awards at the state, national and international level. In the 22nd Bharat Rang Mahotsav-2023, organized by the National School of Drama in Delhi, Balkrishna Gore Paramparik Lok Kala Dashavatari Natya Mandal Kavathi is going to present today- ‘Maharathi Karna’ under the ‘Dashavatar’. I express my heartfelt gratitude to all the esteemed audiences.