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How the Nagas Were Pleased by Harsha & The Shattered Thighs by Bhasa
How the Nagas Were Pleased by Harsha & The Shattered Thighs by Bhasa

How the Nagas Were Pleased by Harsha & The Shattered Thighs by Bhasa

Andrew Skilton
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How the Nagas Were Pleased by Harsha & The Shattered Thighs by Bhasa

Andrew Skilton
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Two tragic plays that break the rules: both show the hero dying on stage, a scenario forbidden in Sanskrit dramaturgy. King Harsha's play, composed in the seventh century, re-examines the Buddhist tale of a magician prince who makes the ultimate sacrifice to save a hostage snake ( naga ). The Shattered Thighs, attributed to Bhasa, the illustrious predecessor to ancient Kali·dasa, transforms a crucial episode of the Maha·bhárata war. As he dies from a foul blow to the legs delivered in his duel with Bhima, Duryódhana's character is inverted, depicted as a noble and gracious exemplar amidst the wreckage of the fearsome battle scene.

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Publisher
NYU Press
Year
2016
ISBN
9781479802869
Topic
Literature
Subtopic
Ancient & Classical Literary Collections

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