The Book Review x

August 2015
Malavikagnimitram; Kumarasambhavam by Kalidasa . Translated from the Sanskrit by Srinivas Reddy and Hank Heifetz respectively

Nirgatasu na va kasya kalidasasya suktisu Pritir madhura—sandrasu manjarisu iva jayate Pleasure blooms in Kalidasa's poems, Like a full bouquet of fragrant flowers! - Banabhatta's Harsa-carita Kalidasa is believed to have been one of the nine gems (navaratna) of the court of king Chandragupta II (who ruled North India from 380-415 CE.) Two of his works that have been recently published in translation by Penguin India are Malvikagnimitram and Kumarasambhavam. Malvikagnimitram, Kalidasa's earliest production if not his first and considered the 'least refined work' as mentioned by its translator Srinivas Reddy. Although the language used by Kalidasa in this play is less polished than his later works, nevertheless, the qualities of his writing skills shine through this work...

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