Bali Collection

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The collection includes two scripts of the play, some publicity information, and a few photographs. It also includes two photographs of the play “Playboy of the Asian world,” by Vayu Naidu.

Administrative / Biographical History

Bali - The Sacrifice is a play written by Girish Raghunath Karnad, (b. 1938.) Karnad writes in the Kannada language, from the Indian state of Karnataka.

Karnad has explained that the play is based upon a story taken from a tenth century Jain epic written by Somadeva Suri, “Yashastilaka.” This was about a Hindu king and his Jain queen. Early drafts had been in Kannada, but it was finally written in English. It was produced in response to a request from the Leicester Haymarket Theatre. Vayu Naidu, the chief of Natak, The Asian Theatre Initiative of the Haymarket, and Kathleen Hamilton, the chief executive, made no stipulation as to the subject of the play, allowing him to derive inspiration from mythology.


Numbered folders.

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Acquisition Information

This collection is part of the The South Asian Diaspora Literature and Arts Archive (SALIDAA) which was founded in 1999. The aim was to preserve sources and information about the contribution of the South Asian community to literature and arts in Britain.

Other Finding Aids

A finding aid is available on the collection webpage.

Archivist's Note

Described by Paula Gerrard, with updates by Katie Flanagan.

Conditions Governing Use

The material, unless otherwise indicated, is protected by copyright. You are unable to publish, in full or in part, without the permission of the copyright holder. However you may use the material as permitted under statutory exceptions in the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, e.g. quote for purposes of scholarship within the limits of fair dealing.

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