Kumarasambhavam celebrates the affection tale of Siva and Parvati, whose passionate union ends up in the delivery in their son, the younger god Kumara. starting with a luminous description of the start of Parvati, the poem proceeds in completely pitched sensuous element via her courtship with Siva till the evening in their marriage ceremony. It performs out their story at the sizeable scale of ideally suited divinity, in which the gods are seen either as fans and as cosmic rules. Composed in 8 scintillating cantos, Kumarasambhavam keeps to enchant readers centuries after it was once first written. Hank Heifetz's glowing translation brings to existence the heady eroticism and luxurious imagery of the unique.
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Those features of Sanskrit verse exist in Kālidāsa’s nice predecessors, similar to the dramatist Bhāsa, who used to be nonetheless as regards to Epic simplicity in his dealing with of emotion, or Aśvaghoṣa, together with his Buddhist kāvyas packed with exultation; also they are present in his successors—Bhavabhūti, for example, and his psychologically acute presentation of tragedy, or the poets Bhartṛhari and Amaru, to whom 1000s of significant lyrics are attributed. In Kālidāsa those characteristics of the simplest Sanskrit verse are mixed with excellent pitch in addition to a safety of values—and it appears of worldly position—under (if his expected date is right) India’s such a lot illustrious empire. The Poet Verifiable biography is uncommon one of the nice figures of Sanskrit literature. approximately Kālidāsa, the unquestioned summit of Sanskrit poetry, we all know, for sure, not anything. he's the writer of 2 mahākāvyas (Great Ornate Poems), the Kumārasaṃbhavam and the Raghuvaṃśa; 3 performs, Abhijñānaśākuntalam, Vikramorvaśīyam, and Mālavikāgnimitram; and a khaṇḍakāvya (Extended Lyric), the Meghadūta. one other paintings more often than not accredited as his (though denied through a few) is the Ṛtusaṃhāra, a set of stanzas at the six seasons of the Indian yr. in the Sanskrit and pan-Indian culture, Kālidāsa has turn into the version of the nice poet. folks legends have collected round his identify and feature been preserved within the oral culture and written works according to that culture. they're of the type which were typically connected, in India and somewhere else, to nice males turn into myths. One legend offers him as a lifeless and ignorant guy who used to be given spectacular ability via the goddess Kālī. He then takes the identify Kālidāsa, which turns out to intend ‘slave (or servant) of Kali’. The Bhojaprabandha (c. 16th century ce) locations him impossibly out of his time, on the eleventh-century courtroom of King Bhoja of Dhāra, in pageant with different poets additionally lifted from their centuries and set down jointly open air historical past. nonetheless one other legend might have him on the courtroom of Kumāradāsa of Ceylon (c. 6th century ce), demise from the poison administered via a courtesan jealous of his literary ability. for all times instead of legend, we will be able to simply speculate. normal scholarly consensus now locations him within the fourth or 5th century ce, in the course of the reign of the imperial Guptas, the classical age of Hindu artwork and politics. (Some Indian students nonetheless argue for a far previous date. ) on the grounds that his works point out that Kālidāsa moved effectively in a glittering imperial setting, the position of courtroom poet to the Guptas, like Virgil’s to Augustus Caesar, matches his tone of insurance and confident dedication to the hierarchical and brahminical values of his society. different varieties of proof, together with sure good points of stylistic improvement, favour this courting. Kālidāsa’s language (including the Prakrits utilized in his dramas) is enormously extra refined than that utilized by the Buddhist author Aśvaghoṣa or by means of Bhāsa, the one different significant early dramatist whose works or fragments of works have survived.