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.
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Get started! And may God Help You! Chandalika -Rabindranath Tagore Summary Literal Comprehension : The play revolves around the complexities of human mind and its conflicting needs and wants. Prakriti, an untouchable woman, lives at the fringes of her society with her mother. Ananda, a disciple of Lord Buddha Ananda himself was an untouchable before accepts a drink of water from her.
Ananda teaches her not to belittle herself even if the whole society might think otherwise. This small incident sparks a new self-realization in Prakriti.
But at the same time, her new self directs her to so far unknown emotions towards Ananda, her emancipator. She wants Ananda only for herself. At the behest of Prakriti, her mother grudgingly agrees to use her witch craft and necromancy to get Ananda for Prakriti.
Ananda despite his own agonies pardons and blesses Prakriti at the end. From the Archives Ananda graces an undeserving Chandal girl who was seeking redemption from the burden of untouchability, which had plagued her due to the lower birth. This protagonist has no special desire or need. She only wishes to obtain human status.
She is revolutionalized by a pious monk by fueling her ambitions and aspirations. For this she got undeservingly selfish and victimized the encourager. She got immoral and selfish for achieving the unachievable. Back then, untouchability was inseparably linked with the birth.
The moth-eaten cruel Hindu casteism was responsible for her untouchability, which had made her defiant to criticize and ignore it. She got a strong means to fight with the giant casteism in the monk. The theory of destiny is a given concept by Hinduism. It is not a self-developed or god given concept. As destiny is a given concept, it can be thus defied. If we dare to defy any given man-made concept, it loses its value. Casteism is a given system. It is a grammar of society.
These are the rules, norms and values, and parameters of the society. Society is a grinding machine. So we have to accept it until some trendsetters appear. Prakriti is seeking castial redemption through sexual gratification.
They were Rarhi Brahmins and originally belonged to a village named Kush in the district named Burdwan in West Bengal. Rabindra-biographer Prabhat Kumar Mukhopadhyaya wrote in the second page of the first volume of his book named "Rabindrajibani O Rabindra Sahitya Prabeshika" that, "The Kusharis were the descendants of Deen Kushari, the son of Bhatta Narayana ; Deen was granted a village named Kush in Burdwan zilla by Maharaja Kshitisura, he became its chief and came to be known as Kushari. They hosted the publication of literary magazines; theatre and recitals of Bengali and Western classical music featured there regularly. Another brother, Satyendranath , was the first Indian appointed to the elite and formerly all-European Indian Civil Service.