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There is no authentic information regarding the date and personal history of Kalidasa. Some scholars assign him to the period of Chandraguptha II of the fourth century A. Others take him back to the first century B. C which appears to be more probable. Kalidasa has woven the plot of his play by making slight changes in the original story.

He has taken significant liberties in his version. Kanva and the other elders of the hermitage are away on a pilgrimage. Enticed by her beauty and feminine graces, the king falls in love with her prima facie.

He has then to leave to take care of the affairs in the capital. On hearing this, Shakunthala collapses. However in the legend everything ends well. But in the play, the situation is entirely different. But in the play it is not so. On arrival the king refuses to acknowledge her. He is seen behaving as if he were a Grihasthasrami Head of House Hold. The act begins with a conversation between Anasooya and Priyamvada. In the meanwhile, it appears that a guest has arrived at the hermitage.

He feels relieved as though a great debt had being paid off. Explanation of important passages in Act IV of Shakuntalam 1. The curse runs as follows. The picture of the morning as painted by the disciple of Kanva. His sight is paralysed with thoughts. Even when your beloved is displeased, do not be displeased. Never be proud of your luck. It is thus that the young wife becomes a real house wife who is able to look after the affairs of the household in a better way.

Personification of the flora and fauna in the hermitage. Kanva requests the plants and trees of the Tapovans to grant Sakuntala permission to take leave of. She turns and looks back.


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While Kanva and the other elders of the hermitage are away on a pilgrimage, Dushyantaking of Hastinapuracomes hunting in the forest and chances upon the hermitage. Translated into English and edited by K. Chandra Rajan by Kalidasa. Where can one find a down load of english translation of Shiv puran by kalidas. Hi, Good that I found this book. Abandoned at birth by her parents, Shakuntala is reared in abhijnanasakunhalam secluded hermitage of the sage Kanvaand grows up a comely but innocent maiden. Abhijnanasakuntalam — Kalidasa In the next years, there were at least 46 translations in twelve European languages.



You can help by adding to it. August See also: Sanskrit drama Plots similar to the play appear in earlier texts. There is a story mentioned in the Mahabharata. A story of similar plot appear in the buddhist Jataka tales as well. In the story King Dushyanta and Shakuntala meet in the forest and get estranged and ultimately reunited.



Grogis Incensed by this slight, the rishi cursed Shakuntala, saying that the person she was dreaming of would forget about her altogether. Perhaps no other faith glorifies the notion of love as Hinduism. Views Read Edit View history. This article needs additional citations for verification.

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