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Vikramorvashiyam

 

 | Book Awards 2022 | Translated into English

Vikramorvashiyam ()

Full Title: Vikramorvashiyam: Quest for Urvashi

Author: Kalidasa
Publisher: Penguin Random House India
Translator: A.N.D. Haksar
Original Language: Sanskrit

Award Category: Translated into English
About the Book: 

The earthly King Pururavas rescues the celestial nymph Urvashi from a demon, and thus begins a majestic love story that brings heaven and earth together. Both are struck with Kama’s arrow in their very first meeting, but each shies away from saying anything because the distance between them seems insurmountable. Even when they do confess their love, magical transformations and heavenly curses keep the lovers apart. Will Pururavas succeed in his quest for Urvashi?

A magnificent drama based on an episode from the Rig Veda, Vikramorvashiyam is filled with dramatic turns of event, music and dance. The scenes, characters and dialogues are at once lively and theatrical as well as sensitive and speculative. Believed to be the second of Kalidasa’s three plays, Vikramorvashiyam is an undisputed classic from ancient Indian literature. A.N.D. Haksar’s brilliant new translation gives contemporary readers an opportunity to savour this delightful tale


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