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aka The Flowering Tree 1992 102’ col Hindi d/s/co-dial Girish Karnad pc Sadir Media, Doordarshan p B.V. Ramachandra co-dial Padmavati Rao lyr Vasant Dev c Rajiv Menon m Bhaskar Chandavarkar lp Sonali Kulkarni, Gargi Yakkundi, Prashant Rao, Geetanjali Kirloskar, B. Jayashree, Sushma, Poornima Chikkerur, Girish Karnad, Padmavati Rao, Appayya, Sivdasan, Suresh Kulkarni, Vijaya Yakkundi

Karnad retells a Karnataka folk-tale, dubbed in Hindi, usually told by women while feeding children or putting them to bed, a time when other women would also be present. A young woman, Cheluvi (Kulkarni), living in abject poverty with her mother and sister, can turn herself into a tree yielding an endless supply of blossoms as long as they are picked very carefully. The son, Kumar (Prashant Rao), of the village headman (Karnad), seduced by the scent of the flowers, marries Cheluvi and they enjoy her flowering in strict privacy. During Kumar’s absence, the headman’s young daughter Shyama (G. Yakkundi) forces Cheluvi to disclose her secret. Unable to comprehend 1992 507 the delicacy and beauty of the event, the children destroy the tree, leaving Cheluvi’s body as a mutilated tree-stump. In the end, Kumar disconsolately leaves carting off the Cheluvi-stump. The folklorist A.K. Ramanujan pointed out that in Sanskrit and in Kannada the same word is used for ‘flowering’ and ‘menstruation’. Art direction is provided by Jayoo and Nachiket Patwardhan.