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कालिदास-साहित्य एवं वादन-कला- Kalidasa-Literature and the Art of Musical Art: Instrumental Music in rthe Works of Kalidasa (An Old and Rare Book)

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Item Code: AZG102
Author: Sushma Kulshreshtha
Edition: 1986
Pages: 258
Other Details 9.00x6.00 inch
Weight 420 gm
Book Description
On a reference to research on Kalidasa one often hears the comment that enough has been written on him and that there is little scope for any original work. How erroneous this is can be guaged from the present work Kalidasasahitya evam Vadana kala of Dr. Sushma Kulshreshtha which I have the pleasure to introduce to the world of scholars. In this is taken up for a detailed critical appraisal an area in Kalidasa on which no systematic and coordinated study has appeared so far. This is just one area. There could be and certainly are many more on which work bearing on the great poet needs to be done. Kalidasan literature is an example par excellence of ramaniyata, charm. Every time one looks at it one finds something new in it.

There are references galore in Kalidasa's works to music and dance. The author of the present study has an ambitious project of putting them together and drawing on the basis of their systematic arrangement and analysis a full picture, in all its colors and contours, of music and dance in Kalidasa. The present work is the first line-up in the project.

The rhetoricians have mentioned a good knowledge of the Sastras and that of the worldly affairs and poetic compositions as a pre-requisite for composing poetry: lokalästrakāvyādyave kṣaṇat Kalidasa fulfilled this pre-requisite most eminently. He has sound knowledge, as can be seen from his works, of a number of Sastras including that of music, an appraisal of which, a desideratum for long, has been fulfilled most success fully by the present writer, in its aspect of instrumental music.

Among the Sanskrit poets Kalidasa ranks very high. Anandavardhana mentions him among Mahakavis, the Great Poets, whose number he thinks could be two or three or five or six: asminn ativicitrakaviparamparavahini samsare Kalidasapra bhṛtayo dvitrāḥ pañcaṣā va mahākavaya iti ganyante.

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