This volume offers, in a brilliant new translation, Kalidasa's two most famous works--the play Sakuntala and the long poem Meghadutam (The Cloud Messenger). Also included is Rtusamharam (The Gathering of the Seasons) a much-neglected poem that deserves to be known better. Taken together these works provide a window to the remarkable world and work of a poet of whom it was said: 'Once, when poets were counted, Kalidasa occupied the little finger; the ring finger remains unnamed true to its name; for his second has not been found.'
About the Author:
CHANDRA RAJAN has taught English Literature at Lady Sri Ram College, Delhi University and at the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada. She is currently working on translations of Kalidasa's other poems and on a novel based on certain crucial episodes from the epic Mahabharata.