Purchase includes free access to book updates online and a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Chapters: Urubhanga, Madhyamavyayoga, Sanskrit Drama, Mattavilasa Prahasana, M?cchakatika, Anarghar?ghava, Ubhay?bhis?rika, Svapnavasavadatta. Excerpt: The Anargharghava (Devanagari ) is a dramatised retelling of the Ramayana, and one of the most challenging pieces of classical Sanskrit poetry . It is the only surviving work by Murri, a brahmin court poet, who lived some time between the 8th and 10th century CE, perhaps in Orissa or in neighbouring South India.Because of its elegant style, learned allusions and often striking imagery, the poem has been a great favourite among pandits, although it received little attention in the West until recently. The well-known epic story of Ramas exploits is presented as a series of political intrigues and battles, and contrasted with lyrical passages of various kinds: on love and war, pride and honor, gods and demons, rites and myths, regions and cities of ancient India .The play has little action most fights and events take place behind the scenes or between acts focussing instead on diction and other elements of dramatic representation, reminiscent of the Keralan Kutiyattam tradition. Although Kutiyattam representations are envisaged for dramas with more action than the Anargharghava, actual performances which normally include only one episode of a play at one go often resemble spectacular chanting recitations of poetry interspersed with well-choreographed movements rather than what one would normally call theatre.Murri's emphasis on writing a play rather than a series of beautiful stanzas is also seen in the numerous allusions to plays and theatre. In the Prakrit-Sanskrit prelude of Act 4, entitled miravikambhaka, Mlyavan, the great intriguer of the demons, Rvaas minister, is angry with Vishvmitra, who is directing a bad drama, durnaka, ...
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