Abhijñana-Sakuntalam is Kalidasa’s best-known play and perhaps the best known seven Acts play of the classical Sanskrit repertoire. The story of Shakuntala. Kalidasa. Shakuntala translated by. Arthur W. Ryder. In parentheses Publications . Sanskrit Series. Cambridge, Ontario Kalidasa’s Abhijnana Shakuntala / [translated by] Hemant Kanitkar. Note: Running title: Abhijnana Shakuntala. Translation of: Śakuntalā. Translated from.

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The Prakrits were most often employed in prose, but were also used for songs and ahijnana. I name thee, O Sakuntala! Samudragupta is perhaps best known for his political accomplishments.

She later travels to meet him, and has to cross a river. In fact, much of what we know about courtly life under Samudragupta, Chandragupta II, and Kumaragupta comes from the art — both visual and literary — that was created in those years.

We can, however, place a fairly strong limit on the date beyond which Kalidasa is likely not to shakumtala lived. Wouldst thou the young year’s blossoms and the fruits of its decline And all by which the soul is charmed, enraptured, feasted, fed, Wouldst thou the earth and heaven itself in one sole name combine?

His work shows that he was well versed in Vedic ritual, religious symbolism, and mythology [52] ; his knowledge of far-off lands as displayed in the Meghaduta and the Raghuvamsa show that he may have had an official court position abhijnnaa allowed him to travel; [53] his particular brand of religious devotion shows that he was Hindu, and likely to have been a devotee of Siva, [54] but also that he was religiously tolerant.


Shakuntala is abandoned by her companions, who return to the hermitage. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikiquote.

It seems clear that Kalidasa is using the curse and the ring to do more psychological work than it might seem at first glance. See if rasa theory can explain this 5-minute lingering emotion of love displayed in the television version of Shakuntalaabove.

Shakuntala (play) – Wikipedia

She can then claim her place as queen. Chandragupta II, who also bore the title of Vikramaditya[13] has come to be known for his establishment of the capital city of Ujjain, [14] and for his patronage of the arts — patronage that was likely to have included a partnership with Kalidasa. His knowledge of the literature and literary theory that existed in his time is obvious from his work: The discipline yoga of acting was a serious one: The title is sometimes translated xbhijnana The token-for-recognition of Shakuntala or The Sign of Shakuntala.

It provided a spectacle for all classes of the population, yet at the same time it was mainly directed to the most highly educated among the audience. Love in union and love in separation are both depicted in this drama with a greater degree of perfection.

Sakuntala is an incomplete opera by Franz Schubertwhich originated late to early The king greeted the boy, amazed by his boldness and strength, and asked his name. While Kanva and the other elders of the hermitage are away on a pilgrimage, Dushyantaking of Hastinapuracomes hunting in the shxkuntala and chances upon the hermitage.

Shakuntala (play)

Yet there are frequent, often pointedly detailed, similarities between the play and the epic. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Dushyanta was required to fight with the devasfrom which he emerged victorious; his reward was to be reunited with his wife and son.


Kalidasa himself certainly did not write of his own life or authorship. Much married though they be, they will yet be open to new attractions, and the intensity of their new passion is determined by the degree of difficulty in winning the beloved.

Whatever the final stance, it is clear that Kalidasa has received a great deal of positive critical attention on the part of his literary successors, and for the Shakuntala in particular. The protagonist is Shakuntaladaughter of the sage Vishwamitra and the apsara Menaka. Personal tools Log in. Indeed, the poetic possibilities of the Sanskrit language were practically endless: The American History and Encyclopedia of Music.

His versatile genius, his acquaintance with court etiquette, his shrewdness, his modesty, not without a due sense of self-respect, and his poetic talent are very well reflected in all his works, which are: He immediately set out to find her and, arriving at her father’s ashram, discovered that she was no longer there. It is the second and the third Gupta emperors in particular who may take responsibility for this period of expansion and political unity: Manuscripts differ on what its exact title is.

The Plays of Kalidasa. After his reign, the Gupta dynasty appears to have disappeared as quickly as it came.