Showing posts with label Sanskrit drama. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sanskrit drama. Show all posts

Hinduism - What Is The Vikramorvashiya?

 


(“Urvashi won by valor”) Drama written by the poet Kalidasa, generally considered the greatest classical Sanskrit poet.


The Vikramorvashiya is a musical play in five acts, whose mythic theme is the liaison of King Pururavas and the celestial nymph Urvashi, a story mentioned both in Rig Veda 1.95 and in the Shatapatha Brahmana.


In both these earlier sources the story ends unhappily, with the separation of Urvashi and Pururavas, but in Kalidasa’s version the estranged lovers are finally happily reunited.

This change may have been prompted solely from the desire for a happy ending, which is one of the most characteristic features of Sanskrit
drama
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~Kiran Atma


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