The Recognition of Shakuntala: Kashmir Recension
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The Recognition of Shakuntala: Kashmir Recension

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This play was one of the first examples of Indian literature to be seen in Europe; it attracted considerable attention (among others, from Goethe), and indeed pained surprise that such a sophisticated art-form could have developed without the rest of the world noticing. A good deal of that surprise will be revived by the hitherto untranslated Kashmirian recension.

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Published November 1st 2006 by New York University Press
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The Recognition of Shakuntala by Kalidasa

There is a list of books that we should try to read, because they are supposed to be the best ever written. You can find the list on my blog somewhere, but easier to find would be the Guardian site.
I am not sure though that it is the Guardian who actually compiled it, for I think I have read somewhere that it was first put together in Scandinavia, with critics, writers and scholars. One name I remember is Umberto Ecco, who supposedly took part in the sele...more
Luther Obrock

Sanskrit is a hard language to crack, and, from my experience, even harder to translate. It seems that translators usually fall back on one of two methodologies: Some, like Shulman and Heifitz, try to "transcreate," so that often the idea of a verse remains the similar, but the actual words are vastly different. Others try to literally transalte word for word, ending up with a sort of pseudo-Victorian Indologese.

Happily, Somdev Vasudev manages to translate the Shakuntala of Kalidasa in a way tha...more
John Penn
I used to stalk the local university library alone in the evenings like a kid exploring ancient temple ruins. One night long ago I pulled this Sanskrit masterpiece somewhat flippantly from the shelf at around 7pm and didn't lift my head from it again until the intercom announced the library would be closing in 30 minutes. There is an effect that literature can have that is often shaped by the particulars of the moment in which it was first encountered. We don't only have favorite reads, we also...more
Aravind Ingalalli
The beauty beautified at its best. Austere woman may not have been ascribed so opulently in comparison to the nature anywhere else. Truly, a chef-d'oeuvre of simile.
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Kālidāsa (Devanāgarī: कालिदास "servant of Kali") was a renowned Classical Sanskrit writer, widely regarded as the greatest poet and dramatist in the Sanskrit language.

Nothing apart from his works is known with certainty about the life of Kālidāsa, such as where he lived or the dates of his birth and death. According to legend, he was known for his beauty, which brought him to the attention of Prin...more
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