Translations of Shakuntala: And Other Works

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The Floating Press, May 1, 2014 - Drama - 273 pages
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Regarded as the most important figure in the Classical Sanskrit literary canon, Kalidasa was a poet and playwright who likely lived in the fifth century AD. This collection brings together some of Kalidasa's most well-regarded dramatic works, including the timeless story of Shakuntala, a beautiful maiden who was abandoned at birth and raised in a remote hermitage. Though she later enchants a powerful king who desires to take the young woman as his bride, Shakuntala must overcome a series of obstacles before she can reign as queen.
 

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Contents

KalidasaHis Life and Writings
5
SHAKUNTALA A PLAY IN SEVEN ACTS
24
Dramatis PersonŠ
25
Prologue
27
Act I The Hunt
30
Act II The Secret
48
Act III The LoveMaking
61
Act IV Shakuntalas Departure
81
THE STORY OF SHAKUNTALA
163
THE TWO MINOR DRAMAS
174
I Malavika and Agnimitra
175
II Urvashi
182
THE DYNASTY OF RAGHU
189
THE BIRTH OF THE WARGOD
225
THE CLOUDMESSENGER
253
THE SEASONS
288

Act V Shakuntalas Rejection
99
Act VI Separation from Shakuntala
116
Act VII
143
Endnotes
295
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