Author: O N V KurupTranslator: A J ThomasPublisher: RupaYear: 2002Language: EnglishPages: 152ISBN/UPC (if available): 8171676863
This classic fiction in verse is a presentation of Kalidasa. It is a poem that recreates Kalidasa's personality and is naturally reverberant with his memorable utterances.The title of the poem establishes, however, that the focus is not quite on Kalidasa but on Ujjayini defined as the seat and symbol of power.O N V Kurup regards Kalidasa of history and legend--city-bred, a loyal court poet, a philanderer--as totally apocryphal. In 'Ujjayini', Malvika, the daughter of an elderly ballad singer in Kalidasa's village, wins his heart. But one day, a palanguin comes from Ujjayini to take her away to the capital to adorn the King's harem. The poem recreates Kalidasa's unrequited love for Malavika.The Malayalam original of 'Ujjayini has already gone into seven impressions during the span of last seven years. Translations of the book are available in Tamil, Hindi and Sanskrit.
ForewordIntroductionONEInto the Prison of SolitudeTWOThe First ShootsTHREEThe Cage Doesn't Realise the Bird's GriefFOUR The Vistas of the Poet-PilgrimFIVEIn the Bosom of DevatatmaSIXBack to MalwaSEVENTo UjjayiniEIGHTFlag-Hoisting of the Drama FestivalNINEDark HoursTENThe Test of the JewelsELEVEN'Farewell, Ujjayini!'TWELVE'Kaschit Kanta Viraha Gurana..'THIRTEENTo Ujjayini, Once AgainFOURTEENThe Story of the Palanquin