How the Nagas Were Pleased by Harsha & the Shattered Thighs by Bhasa by Harsha
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How the Nagas Were Pleased by Harsha & the Shattered Thighs by Bhasa
By Harsha

How the Nagas Were Pleased by Harsha & the Shattered Thighs by Bhasa

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How the Nagas Were Pleased by Harsha & the Shattered Thighs by Bhasa by Harsha

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Two tragic plays that break the rules: both show the hero dying on stage, a scenario forbidden in Sanskrit dramaturgy. King Harsha's play, composed in the seventh century, re-examines the Buddhist tale of a magician prince who makes the ultimate sacrifice to save a hostage snake (naga). The Shattered Thighs, attributed to Bhasa, the illustrious predecessor to ancient Kali*dasa, transforms a crucial episode of the Maha*bharata war. As he dies from a foul blow to the legs delivered in his duel with Bhima, Duryodhana's character is inverted, depicted as a noble and gracious exemplar amidst the wreckage of the fearsome battle scene.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780814740668
ISBN-10: 0814740669
Format: Hardback
(4226mm x 2927mm x 23mm)
Pages: 380
Imprint: New York University Press
Publisher: New York University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jun-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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