Indian Theater Books
This book is a dramatic presentation in three Acts about one of the most significant episodes of the Shrimad Bhagavatam the birth of Lord Krishna. It is a story about the atrocities committed by King Kamsa and his subsequent fall and death by Krishna.
ACT ONE deals with the tragic fate of Devaki and Vasudeva, Krishna`s parents, and their incarceration into prison.
ACT TWO is a joyous account of Krishna`s early childhood, his divine relationship with the Gopis and Radha.
ACT THREE sees the culmination of the divine prophecy, and the death of Kamsa.
"Hailed as a Shakespearean play, written a few centuries before shakespeare, Sudraka's Mrichchhakatika is one of the most significant Sanskrit dramas for more than a few reasons. Set in the ancient city of Ujjayani, Mrichchhakatika is ""rife with romance, comedy, intrigue and a political subplot detailing the overthrow of the city's despotic ruler by a shepherd, [and] is notable among extant Sanskrit drama for its focus on a fictional scenario rather than on a classical tale or legend. Mrichchhakatika also departs from the traditions enumerated in the Natyashastra that specify that dramas should focus on the alives of the nobility and instead incorporates a large number of middle and lower-caste characters who speak a wide range of Prakrit dialects."" Much celebrated in the West because of its plot structure, following several successful nineteenth century translations and stage adaptations, Mrichchhakatika remains the prominent drama in Sanskrit, widely translated, adapted and performed internationally.
This volume includes the text translated by M. R. Kale along with relevant background essays and criticism, to enable students of literature to understand the long tradition of theater in India on one hand; and on the other, its subsequent negotiations with the West, traversing, accommodating, negotiating and becoming what we call Modern Indian Drama today."