Kalidasa's Trilogy consists of three of Kalidasa's poetical works: Meghadootam,
Kumarasambhavam and Raghuvamsham.
The book starts by introducing Kalidasa to the readers and goes on to introducing
his above mentioned works. Then the three stories are presented, not as a literal
translation from Sanskrit, but as an adaptation in English prose highlighting the beauty of
Kalidasa's poetry at every step. Except for Meghadootam, which is an original tale of a
Yaksha pining for his wife and sending a love-message through a cloud; Kalidasa has drawn
from older sources like the Puranas and Ramayana for his other works. Kumarasambhavam is
about Shiva and Parvati. Raghuvamsham is about a royal family, the Suryavamsha, the family
of Rama of Ramayana.
The purpose of this book is to bring to the readers the treasures of Indian classic
literature, so that they are able to understand and appreciate its beauty and are encouraged
to read the original works.
Dipavali Debroy is a lecturer in Delhi University. Life Member of Bhandarkar
Oriental Research Institute (B.O.R.I.), Pune, she is the co-author (with husband Bibek
Debroy) of various research papers published in the Annals of B.O.R.I. Dipavali and Bibek
have also authored abridged translations of the Puranas, Vedas and Upanishads. A prolific
writer for all age groups, this is her first book in the series on Kalidasa's work.
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