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Item Code: NAJ387
Author: Prof. Masudul Hasan
Publisher: Kitab Bhavan
Language: English
Edition: 2000
ISBN: 9788171512560
Pages: 272
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 8.5 inch X 5.5 inch
Weight 450 gm
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About The Book

First Published in Bengali in 1861, The Poem of the Killing of Meghnad (Meghnadhadh Kabya) by Michael Madhusudan Dutt is an epic in blank verse that has Meghnad (Indrajit), Ravan’s warrior son who is slain by Lakshman in the Ramayana, as the tragic hero. The most subversive and original feature of Madhusudan’s epic is that, in a startling departure from the Kshatriya warrior-code, Meghnad is killed by Lakshman in a temple where he has no means of defending himself. Daringly new and inventive for its time, the poem is an expression of Madhusudan’s mind, of the Bengal Renaissance, and even of the wider Indian modernity that has emerged from that era.

This lyrical and vigorous translation by William Radice is accompanied by an extensive introduction, detailed footnoted and a comprehensive survey of Madhusudan’s use of Indian and Western sources.

About The Author

Madhusudan initially had ambitions as a poet in English, but on returning in 1856 to Calcutta embarked on his career as a dramatist and poet in Bengali, earning his living as an Interpreter and Clerk in the Police Court. After a legal battle to secure his inheritance, he sailed to England in 1862, to read for the Bar at Gray's Inn. The financial arrangements he had made to pay for this went wrong, and he moved his family to Versailles. He was saved from destitution by Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar.

On returning to Calcutta again in 1867, Madhusudan found it difficult to practise as a barrister. Extravagance and alcoholism overcame him, and he died three days after Henrietta. They were buried in Lower Circular Road Cemetery. A bust of Madhusudan was installed there in the 1950s.


Madhusudan's Atma-bilapcxv
The Argumentcxvii
The Poem of The Killing of Meghnad
Book I1
Book II43
Book III77
Book IV107
Book V137
Book VI167
Book VII203
Book VIII241
Book IX279
Source Notes301

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