Eight hundred years ago, in the city of Kalyan, a man called Basavanna assembled a congregation of poets, mystics, social revolutionaries and philosophers, unmatched for their creativity and social commitment in the history of Karnataka, even perhaps of India itself. They opposed idolatry, rejected temple worship, upheld the equality of the sexes and condemned the caste system. The movement ended in bloodshed. Taledanda deals with the few weeks during which a vibrant, prosperous society plunged into anarchy and terror.
About the Author:
GIRISH KARNAD is a well known film director and actor.