Gunabhiram Barua Summary

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Gunabhiram Barua (1834-1894) is intimately connected with the growth of modern secular drama in Assamese. He was one of the first young men from Assam to go to Calcutta for collegiate education. He studied at Presidency College for two years, but had to discontinue his studies, and joined Government service. During his stay at Calcutta as a student he came into close contact with the new ideas that marked the Indian renaissance. Attracted by the liberal ideas of the Brahmo Samaj, he adopted Brahmaoism and wished that Assam might prosper by accepting this faith, which had been actually propagated by Sankardeva and Madhavadeva centuries ago. He was greatly influenced by Iswarchandra Vidyasagar, and not only advocated widow marriage, but himself …show more content…
There is something like a subplot involving the love story of Mangalu and Sonaphuli, man-servant and maid-servant in the houses of the hero and the heroine, respectively. This subsidiary story of love between two unsophisticated persons appears to have been included as a sort of comic relief. The medium is prose, and the playwright claims that he is employing such language as is used in day-to-day conversation.(Barua, Gunabhiram: 1858). It may be noted that when Ram Navami was written Assamese prose, properly so called, was almost in a nascent stage. It was, therefore, not easy for Gunabhiram to dramatize a tragic theme in a language which had so long been used for the expression of religious and comic matter. It has been already mentioned that previously there was only one type of drama known as Ankiya Nat, but, it is Gunabhiram Barua who for the first time introduced the famous five-act technique of William Shakespeare in Ram Navami. This five-act tradition in Assamese plays instead of one act is the direct influence of Shakespeare.

The very title of the play Ram Navami is based on the name of hero and heroine Ram and Navami which reminds us Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet which is also based on the name of hero Romeo and heroine Juliet. Both the plays are tragedy and the heroes and heroines met the catastrophe. Like Shakespeare, who wrote this play at the early stage of life, Gunabhiram too wrote Ram Navami when he was hardly 20 years of

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