Kalidas and Bhasa are two icons of Sanskrit literature and drama. Even today, they continue to attract stage performers with their unique style of crafting plays.
We desire to introduce the literary gems of these two Dramatists to the connoisseurs through our new course on “Kalidasa and Bhasa: Two icons and two iconic plays.”
We have curated two of their plays, namely अभिज्ञानशाकुन्तलम् and कर्णभारम् for this course.
The course does not follow the traditional lecture method. Dr. Prasad Bhide, the resource person for the course, is active in reviving Classical Sanskrit Plays in contemporary form. He will enact and present some scenes of the plays and simultaneously do the play’s critical appreciation.
Dr. Gauri Moghe, the Executive Editor of the “Cultural Index of Mahabharata” at Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, will provide insight into the original Shakuntala Upakhyana in the Mahabharata and its distinctness from Kalidasa’s magnum opus.
The course aims to analyze these plays from the point of view of performance. Besides the literary features of the play, various elements involved in the play’s staging will also be discussed and demonstrated.