Author: Surendra Jha 'Suman'Translator(s)/ Editors(s): Ratneshwar MishraPublisher: Sahitya AkademiYear: 2010Language: EnglishPages: 104ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788126028948
Ugna is the legendary incarnation of Lord Shiva who served the great Maithili poet Vidyapati as hi personal attendant and those of the backward classes in the society in Mithila. The Kinsmen of Ugna have been portrayed in the novel which essentially provides a practicable philosophical for heralding harmony in a society traditionally characterized by segmentation and strife, which is further accentuated in the context of the fight for social justice. Kinsmen of Ugna successfully, though somewhat idealistically, tells the story of the protagonist, Tulsi, and delineates the evolution of the suppressed and depressed castes of Mithila who forge unity not only among themselves but also with he upper castes to avoiding class conflict in their journey to progress. This is an eminently readable novel for those who may be looking for a model different from the ones that profess class struggle and also for those who may be interested in the people and culture of Mithila. ABOUT THE TRANSLATOR:Ratneshwar Mishra (b. 1945) retired as professor and Head, Department of History, L.N. Mithila University, Darbhanga. He has to his credit two published monographic and many research papers. He has edited many Maithili Journals and books as well as contributed review articles and essays to them. He has also translated Bhavabhuti, and the books Bharat Ka Itihas and History of Tamil Literature.