Shilappadikaram: (The Ankle Bracelet)

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New Directions Publishing, 1965 - Fiction - 211 pages
The peerless young K˘valan leaves his loyal wife Kannaki for the courtesan MÔdhavi, and though he returns to her, he still meets his death because of her ill-omened ankle bracelet.The Shilappadikaram has been called an epic and even a novel, but it is also a book of general education. Adigal packed his story with information: history merging into myth, religious rites, caste customs, military lore, descriptions of city and country life. And four Cantos are little anthologies of the poetry of the period (seashore and mountain songs, hunters' and milkmaid's song). Thus the story gives us a vivid picture of early Indian life in all its aspects.

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Prince Ilango Adigal was a Tamil poet of ancient India and is considered as important to India as Homer was to the Western world. Alain Danielou was an Indian historian, intellectual, musicologist, and a noted western convert to and expert of Shaivite Hinduism.

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