DC, September 10, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Commemorating the
150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Thakur, Shri Barid Baran wrote "Rabindramoyee
which depicts the comparison of THREE very popular and well known
female characters created by Rabindranath - SHYAMA, CHITRANGADA and
PRAKRITI (in CHANDALIKA).
The similarity between these
characters is that they wanted their loved ones desperately. But the
dissimilarity lies in the ways they opted to pursue their loved ones and
the final outcome of their love.
Shyama sacrificed the life
of a young paramour of hers in order to save Bajrasen from death as she
was infatuated with him and wanted him at any cost.
the only child of the king and the one to inherit the throne, falls in
love with Arjun, the third of the five Pandava Brothers in the
Mahabharata. But after Arjun refused her as she was not an attractive
woman. She changed her appearance by the boon of Kamdev in order to
reach her goal.
Prakriti was shunned by everyone around her as
she was born to a lower-caste untouchable family. Her life changed when
Ananda, a buddhist monk asked for water from her and made her
understand that she is as human as everyone in the world. Prakriti felt
re-born as a human being and fell in love with him.
However, the outcome of their love was different also.
spite of everything Shyama did to get her love, Bajrasen left her, when
he came to know about the sacrifice of life in order to save him.
changing her appearance Chitrangada did win herself Arjun, but Arjun
being a warrior looked for Chitrangada, the warrior and she came back to
her original form.
Prakriti wanted Ananda and even tried her
mother's magic powers to obtain him. But at the end of the day he was a
monk, a hermit - a saint who had no attraction for material matters.
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