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   The Abhijnanasakuntalam is an unparalleled work of the great poet and playwrit Kalidasa, the brightest star in the firmament of Indian Poetry. No other composition of this poet displays more the richness of poetical genius, the warmth and play of fancy, the profound knowledge of human heart than this masterly production

    The present edition is unique in several essentials. The editor has adopted the most popular and appropriate version of the text. He has put the variants in the footnotes. He has added a short Sanskrit commentary, copies notes, an exhaustive introduction and several useful appendices. The English translation of the text is literal as well as idiomatic.

    It is hoped that this edition will meet the long-felt requirement of university students and the general reader alike.

 

Preface to the Fifth Edition

The continuous demand for my edition of the Abhijnanasakuntala is a gratifying proof that it has been favourably received by the public. Material changes have been effected in the present (fifth) edition to make it still more useful, particularly to university students who have to read this play as an examination text book. At the same time care has been taken to preserve its original features, and to include all critical matter that would interest and help the general reader as well. To keep up uniformity with other plays edited by me, the Sanskrit rendering of Prakrit speeches has been here printed as part, of the , text, the original Prakrit being printed below. The reader will find this method to be of great practical convenience. The various readings also have been given at the foot of each page, the variants of the Bengali Edd. being given together at the end of the text. Some unnecessary matter has been omitted from the com. and some additions made here and there. The English Note and translation have been thoroughly revised and recast. It is hoped that in the present from the edition will be found increasingly helpful by those for whom it is intended. I am indebted to the editions of Prof. Monier Williams and Prof. Patankar, among others, for much suggestive criticism, although I have had frequent occasions to differ from them. Prof, Ray’s Ed. was also useful to me in solving some intricate points of Grammar.* * *

 

Extract from the Preface to the First Edition

Sakuntala is admittedly the most celebrated play of the most celebrated of India’s poets. It has found place in Sir John Lubbock (now Lord Avebury’s) Hundred Best Books of the World. It has evoked sentiments of most enthusiastic admiration from western scholars. It furnishes a perpetual appeal to our heart. Its perusal sweetens the home atmosphere. And I can assert, without being open to the charge of partiality for the work, that no Indian library can be complete without a copy of it.* * *

* * The present edition of the Abhijnanasakuntala has been based on :- (1) The Calc. Edd. of Messrs. Iswarachandra Vidyasagar and Jivanand ; (2) Sir M. William’s excellent Ed. of the play; (3) Prof. Patankar’s Ed.; (4) the Nirnayasagara Ed.; and (5) two MSS, one in my own possession and the other with the com. of Raghavabhatta, procured for me from Dharwar by Mr. G.V. Manerikar, Drawing Master, from Mr. Dikshit’s library. By the light of this MS. of the com. I was able to correct a few errors in the Nirn. Ed. I have adopted the Devanagari recension. Except in a few cases Raghavabhatta’s text has been kept unaltered. The readings which I thought preferable I have pointed out in the Notes. As regards the com. I have omitted from it such matter as I considered quite unnecessary for the P. E. students. The uariae lectiones, and what are generally regarded as interpolations in the Bengali recension, have been given separately. * * *I tender my heart-felt thanks to all those learned editors whose works I have consulted in the preparation of this edition.

Before concluding I must freely admit that I am quite aware of the many shortcomings and defects of the present edition, and it is not without many misgivings about its success that it has been offered to the public. * * *Any suggestions as to improvement, corrections &c. will be gratefully received.

 

CONTENTS

 

Prefatory Note to the Tenth Edition

Preface to the Fifth Edition

Extract from the Preface to the First Edition

Introduction

Important Abbreviations

Sanskrit Introduction

Dramatic Personae

Text, Commentary and Translation

Notes

Appendices

  1. (A) The Subhashitas Occuring in the Play

          (B) Slokas

   II.    The Metres Used in the Play, Their Definitions and Schemes

  III.    Impressions of Previous Existence

Index of Verses

Index of Important Words.

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The Abhijnanasakuntalam of Kalidasa

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   The Abhijnanasakuntalam is an unparalleled work of the great poet and playwrit Kalidasa, the brightest star in the firmament of Indian Poetry. No other composition of this poet displays more the richness of poetical genius, the warmth and play of fancy, the profound knowledge of human heart than this masterly production

    The present edition is unique in several essentials. The editor has adopted the most popular and appropriate version of the text. He has put the variants in the footnotes. He has added a short Sanskrit commentary, copies notes, an exhaustive introduction and several useful appendices. The English translation of the text is literal as well as idiomatic.

    It is hoped that this edition will meet the long-felt requirement of university students and the general reader alike.

 

Preface to the Fifth Edition

The continuous demand for my edition of the Abhijnanasakuntala is a gratifying proof that it has been favourably received by the public. Material changes have been effected in the present (fifth) edition to make it still more useful, particularly to university students who have to read this play as an examination text book. At the same time care has been taken to preserve its original features, and to include all critical matter that would interest and help the general reader as well. To keep up uniformity with other plays edited by me, the Sanskrit rendering of Prakrit speeches has been here printed as part, of the , text, the original Prakrit being printed below. The reader will find this method to be of great practical convenience. The various readings also have been given at the foot of each page, the variants of the Bengali Edd. being given together at the end of the text. Some unnecessary matter has been omitted from the com. and some additions made here and there. The English Note and translation have been thoroughly revised and recast. It is hoped that in the present from the edition will be found increasingly helpful by those for whom it is intended. I am indebted to the editions of Prof. Monier Williams and Prof. Patankar, among others, for much suggestive criticism, although I have had frequent occasions to differ from them. Prof, Ray’s Ed. was also useful to me in solving some intricate points of Grammar.* * *

 

Extract from the Preface to the First Edition

Sakuntala is admittedly the most celebrated play of the most celebrated of India’s poets. It has found place in Sir John Lubbock (now Lord Avebury’s) Hundred Best Books of the World. It has evoked sentiments of most enthusiastic admiration from western scholars. It furnishes a perpetual appeal to our heart. Its perusal sweetens the home atmosphere. And I can assert, without being open to the charge of partiality for the work, that no Indian library can be complete without a copy of it.* * *

* * The present edition of the Abhijnanasakuntala has been based on :- (1) The Calc. Edd. of Messrs. Iswarachandra Vidyasagar and Jivanand ; (2) Sir M. William’s excellent Ed. of the play; (3) Prof. Patankar’s Ed.; (4) the Nirnayasagara Ed.; and (5) two MSS, one in my own possession and the other with the com. of Raghavabhatta, procured for me from Dharwar by Mr. G.V. Manerikar, Drawing Master, from Mr. Dikshit’s library. By the light of this MS. of the com. I was able to correct a few errors in the Nirn. Ed. I have adopted the Devanagari recension. Except in a few cases Raghavabhatta’s text has been kept unaltered. The readings which I thought preferable I have pointed out in the Notes. As regards the com. I have omitted from it such matter as I considered quite unnecessary for the P. E. students. The uariae lectiones, and what are generally regarded as interpolations in the Bengali recension, have been given separately. * * *I tender my heart-felt thanks to all those learned editors whose works I have consulted in the preparation of this edition.

Before concluding I must freely admit that I am quite aware of the many shortcomings and defects of the present edition, and it is not without many misgivings about its success that it has been offered to the public. * * *Any suggestions as to improvement, corrections &c. will be gratefully received.

 

CONTENTS

 

Prefatory Note to the Tenth Edition

Preface to the Fifth Edition

Extract from the Preface to the First Edition

Introduction

Important Abbreviations

Sanskrit Introduction

Dramatic Personae

Text, Commentary and Translation

Notes

Appendices

  1. (A) The Subhashitas Occuring in the Play

          (B) Slokas

   II.    The Metres Used in the Play, Their Definitions and Schemes

  III.    Impressions of Previous Existence

Index of Verses

Index of Important Words.

Click Here for More Books Relating to Kalidasa

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