Raja (রাজা in the original Bengali script) is a play by Rabinadrath Tagore (1861–1941).
The original text
Written in 1910, it is a symbolic play, an allegorical work about an individual’s spiritual and personal awakening in their quest for beauty and truth, loosely borrowed from the Buddhist story of King Kush from Mahāvastu.
An allegorical work about an individual’s spiritual and personal awakening in their quest for beauty and truth, the play was originally written in Bengali with the title রাজা (Raja) in 1910.
Translations and adaptations
The Bengali play became known internationally when it was translated into English as The King of the Dark Chamber by Tagore himself, and published by MacMillan and Co. in 1914.
Another short stage version of Raja was published under the title of Arupratan in 1920.
Performance history in South Africa
1961: A New York production of The King of the Dark Chamber was brought to Durban, South Africa, by its Indian born, New York based, director Krisha Shah.
Facsimile version of the 1914 English text, Hathi Trust Digital Library
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