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The Epic Beautiful  - An English Verse Rendering of the Sundara Kanda
The Epic Beautiful - An English Verse Rendering of the Sundara Kanda

The Epic Beautiful - An English Verse Rendering of the Sundara Kanda

by K R Srinivasa Iyengar

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English

Publisher

Sahitya Akademi

ISBN

N/A - Year: 1983 - Pages: 512

Binding

Hardcover

K R Srinivasa Iyengar
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Author: K R Srinivasa Iyengar
Publisher: Sahitya Akademi
Year: 1983
Language: English
Pages: 512
ISBN/UPC (if available): N/A

Description

The Sundara Kanda – the bija-kanda or seed-book of the Ramayana of Valmiki – stands by itself as a rounded epic in its own compelling right. Instinct with diverse ‘beauties’ (like sabdasaundarya and Kavya- saundarya) and all the nine ‘Rasas’, the work may be viewed as a marvel of a finished epic with an admirable ordering of parts fusing into an effulgent unity, verily a moving relation of events of abiding racial and human interest.

In ‘The Epic Beautiful,’ Prof. K.R. Srinivasa Iyengar has rendered the complete Sundara Kanda into 2823 unrhymed quatrains divided into 7 Books and 68 Cantos. He has likewise given in verse, as ‘Prologue’, the traditional account of the genesis of the epic (from the Bala Kanda); and, as ‘Epilogue’, verse renderings of Aditya Hridayam and ‘The Coronation of Rama and Sita’ (both from the Yuddha Kanda). These are by tradition meaningful and auspicious ancillaries to the Sundara Kanda.

Professor Iyengar has also contributed a long and scholarly Introduction on the Epic tradition in India, the universality of the appeal of the Ramayana, the centrality and beauty of the ‘Sundara Kanda’, the fascination it exercises on men, women and children, and on the problem of translating the Ramayana from the original Sanskrit into English. Professor Iyengar’s ‘Notes and Comments’, again, are a help towards the understanding and appreciation of the ‘Sundara Kanda’ or ‘The Epic Beautiful’.

Contents

Contents

Preface
Introduction
Invocation
Prologue

BOOK ONE: PASSAGE TO LANKA
1. Hanuman’s Leap Across the Sea
2. Arrival in Lanka
3. Lanka Devi’s Discomfiture

BOOK TWO: THE SEARCH FOR SITA
4. Exploring Lanka
5. Night in Lanka
6. Ravana’s Palace
7. Pushpaka the Air-Car
8. In Praise of Pushpaka
9. Inside the Gynaeceum
10. Ravana, His Consorts and Queen Mandodari
11. The Hall of Carousal
12. A Futile Search
13. Dejection and Revival

BOOK THREE: SITA AND RAVANA
14. The Asoka Grove
15. Darshan of Sita
16. Reflections on Sita‘s Plight
17. Sita’s Guard
18. The Coming of Ravana
19. Sita‘s Distress
20. Ravana’s Wooing
21. Sita’s Firm Rejection
22. Ravana’s Ultimatum

BOOK FOUR: SITA’S DARKEST NIGHT – AND DAWN
23. Advice lo Sita
24. From Counsel to Threats
25. On the Brink
26. Lacerations and Maledictions
27. Trijata‘s Dream
28. De Profundis
29. Auspicious Omens

BOOK FIVE: SITA AND HANUMAN
30. Hanuman’s Soliloquy
31. In Praise of Rama
32. Sita Sees Hanuman
33. Hanuman’s Words and Sita’s Answer
34. Hanuman Dispels Sita‘s Suspicions
35. Hanuman Answers Sita’s Queries
36. Rama‘s Ring and Sita‘s Questions
37. Hanuman’s Blaze of Glory
38. Sita’s Crest-Jewel
39. Calming Sita’s Fears
40. Hanuman's Leave-taking

BOOK SIX: HAVOC IN LANKA
41. Mauling the Asoka Grove
42. The Killing of the Kinkaras
43. The Destruction of the Temple
44. Jambumali's Death
45. The End of the Ministers’ Sons
46. The Death of the Five Generals
47. The Death of Prince Aksha
48. lndrajit and Hanuman
49. Ravana’s Regal Splendor
50. Prahasta‘s Questions
51. Hanuman to Ravana
52. Vibhishana’s Pleading
53. Hanuman’s Tail Set on Fire
54. Lanka Ablaze
55. Hanuman’s Anxiety about Sita
56. The Leap from Arishla Hill

BOOK SEVEN: RETURN TO RAMA
57. The Flight to Mahendra
58. Hanuman’s Recital of His Adventures
59. What Next?
60. Angada and Jambavan
61. Rampage in the Honey Grove
62. The Rout of Dadimukha and the Guards
63. Dadimukha’s Plaint to Sugriva
64. Hanuman’s Ambrosial Words to Rama
65. Hanuman Gives Sita’s Chudamani to Rama
66. Rama’s Grief at the Sight of the Crest-Jewel
67. Hanuman Describes His Meeting with Sita
68. Hanuman Concludes His Report to Rama

Epilogue I: Aditya Tridayam
Epilogue II: The Coronation of Rama and Sita
Notes and Comments

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