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Author's Name: Kalidasa
Kalidasa, (flourished 5th century CE, India), Sanskrit poet and dramatist, probably the greatest Indian writer of any epoch. The six works identified as genuine are the dramas Abhijnanashakuntala (“The Recognition of Shakuntala”), Vikramorvashi (“Urvashi Won by Valour”), and Malavikagnimitra(“Malavika and Agnimitra”); the epic poems Raghuvamsha (“Dynasty of Raghu”) and Kumarasambhava (“Birth of the War God”); and the lyric “Meghaduta” (“Cloud Messenger”).
'Her left hand rests on her hip, the bangle motionless at her wrist while the other arm falls freely like a fig branch. Lowering her eyes to the tiled floor, where her big toe caresses a flower, her curved body is more beautiful than her dance.'
Believed to be Kalidasa’s first work, Malavikagnimitram is the love story of King Agnimitra and the court dancer Malavika. The tale unfolds through humorous palace interludes, vivid descriptions of fine arts and the cunning machinations of court players. Even in this early work, Kalidasa’s characteristic penchant for romance, art and natural beauty is evident at every delightful turn of the plot. He transforms a simple tale of forbidden love into an engrossing courtly drama filled with beauty, humour and wit.
- Publisher's Name: Penguin Group
- Publish Year: 2014
- Binding: Hb
- Subject: Drama,Literature General,Poetry,Sanskrit-Literature
- Hardcover: 176 pages
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780670086870
- ISBN-13: 978-0670086870
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