Amar Chitra Katha is a collection of illustrated classics that retell stories from Indian
mythology, history, folktale and legend through the fascinating medium of comics. Over 430
stories from all over India have been told in this series that has been endorsed by
educationists and recommended by teachers the world over.
Through a masterful blend of commentary, dialogue and illustration, Amar Chitra
Katha presents complex historical facts and intricate mythology in a format that would
appeal to children. They not only entertain, but also provide a fitting introduction to the
cultural heritage of India. In a country so vast and varied, the series also serves as a
medium for national integration, by introducing young readers to the rich cultural diversity
of the country and highlighting the achievements of local heroes.
Amar Chitra Katha comics are like family heirlooms, passed down from generation to
Back of the Book
Kalidasa, the renowned Sanskrit poet and dramatist, is the author of Vikramorvashiam, the
Sanskrit drama from which this book Urvashi has been adapted. It is the story of the noble
King Pururavas and celestial dancer Urvashi.
In Kalidasa's drama, Urvashi emerges as a soft, tender woman who at times even
forgets her celestial origin and is guilty of human tensions and misgivings. Lord Indra
allows Urvashi to stay with Pururavas under one condition: the moment the king sets eyes on
their child, she would have to return to the heavens forever. Thus follows a series of
Kalidasa is regarded as one of India's greatest poets and dramatists. He was one of
the 'nine gems' who adorned the court of King Vikramaditya of Ujjaini. Though many still
hold the view that this was the Vikramaditya whose era began in 57 BC, modern research
scholars are of the opinion that he belonged to the court of Chandragupta Vikramaditya of
the Gupta dynasty. It is also believed that more than one poet bore this name as an honorary
Kalidasa wrote a number of poems of which Raghuvamsha, Kumara-Sambhava and Meghaduta
are well known.
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