How the Nagas Were Pleased by Harsha & The Shattered Thighs by Bhasa Hardback
Part of the Clay Sanskrit Library series
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.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 380 pages
- Publisher: New York University Press
- Publication Date: 01/06/2008
- Category: Plays, playscripts
- ISBN: 9780814740668