How the Nagas Were Pleased by Harsha & The Shattered Thighs by Bhasa, Hardback Book

How the Nagas Were Pleased by Harsha & The Shattered Thighs by Bhasa Hardback

Part of the Clay Sanskrit Library series

Description

Two tragic plays that break the rules: both show the hero dying on stage, a scenario forbidden in Sanskrit dramaturgy.

King Harsha's play, composed in the seventh century, re-examines the Buddhist tale of a magician prince who makes the ultimate sacrifice to save a hostage snake (naga).

The Shattered Thighs, attributed to Bhasa, the illustrious predecessor to ancient Kali*dasa, transforms a crucial episode of the Maha*bharata war.

As he dies from a foul blow to the legs delivered in his duel with Bhima, Duryodhana's character is inverted, depicted as a noble and gracious exemplar amidst the wreckage of the fearsome battle scene.

Information

  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 380 pages
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Plays, playscripts
  • ISBN: 9780814740668

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