BHAVABHUTI, an eminent dramatist, was born in a Brahmin family and patronized by Yashovarman, a king of Kannauj (725-752 A.D). He was an unusually self-aware artist and his plays are full of echoes of one another, and it seems certain that sometimes these are intended to awaken echoes in his audienceâ€™s mind.
â€¢ Uttararamacharita (The Later Story of Rama)
Uttararamacharita by Bhavabhuti (7th Century) deals with the history of Ramaâ€™s later life, beginning with his coronation, the abandonment of Sita, and their final reunion. Bhavabhuti says he has only given a dramatic form to the Ramayanakatha of Valmiki. Bhavabhuti has, in fact, presented the Rama story with a new motivation within an overall design implying purposeful art.
â€¢ Malatimadhava (Malati and Madhava)
Malatimadhava, a romantic social play in ten acts, is composed by Bhavabhuti. The theme of the play is original and deals with the ordinary people of the society; though some of the incidents described here find a parallel in the story of Madiravali in the Kathasaritsagara based on Gunadhyaâ€™s Brihatkatha.
â€¢ Bhavabhuti’s Uttararamacaritam - With English Translation, Critical and Explanatory Notes
This book is about the later history of Rama which starts with his coronation after returning from Lanka. The book is divided in seven parts. Every part tells a story such as how people commence talking recklessly of Sita with reference to her stay in Lanka, meets Lava, and their battle, how Rama notices the battle from Puspaka, and how Valmiki comes to the rescue of the bewildered monarch. In short, the book explains every sloka with English translation and explanatory notes.