Designation : Assistant Professor, Department of English, Nanjil Catholic College of Arts and Science, Kaliyakkavilai, Kanyakumari District.

    Journal Name : Reserach maGma

    Publication Date : 11/10/2017

    Abstract :
    Chandalika has a special place as it foregrounds the theme of female desire in an untouchable girl, a tabooed subject in his times, indeed even now in Bengali writings. This paper tries to show the intersections of caste, class and gender as well as the evolution of selfhood in Prakriti, the Chandal girl. Rabindranath Tagore realized that Indian society was “permeated by religion and living myth, endowed with a psychic landscape having its own concept of time and space”. He tried to portray this unique reality through modes and methods indigenous to Indian culture. According to the story Ananda, the famous disciple of the Buddha, approaches towards a well to ask for water from a Chandalini, a young untouchable girl. Prakriti, the Chandalini, serves him water from her pitcher and falls in love with him at the first sight. Her passion to possess Ananda compels her mother to cast a magic spell on Ananda and to drag him to her house. The spell proves stronger and Ananda is dragged to the couch spread for him by the Chandalini. Ananda prays to the Buddha to save himself from this shame and remorse. Consequently, Buddha breaks the magic spell and frees Ananda, who walks away from the Chandalini, as pure as he came.

    Keywords :
    Caste, Class, Magic, Indian Culture

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