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TALES FROM

THE HINDU DRAMATISTS.

BY

R. N. DUTTA, B.A., B.L.,

Late Officiating Head Master, Metropolitan Institution, Bowbazar Branch, Calcutta;

AUTHOR OF "THE BOY'S RAMAYANA."

REVISED BY J. S. ZEMIN,

Professor of English Literature, Bishop's College, and Central College, Calcutta; Late Principal, Doveton College, Calcutta; Hon. Fellow and Examiner, University of Calcutta .

Calcutta. B. BANERJEE & Co., 26, Cornwallis Street, and 54, College Street.

1912.

[ All Rights Reserved. ] Ans. 12.

CALCUTTA,

PRINTED BY K.C. DATTA AT THE VICTORIA PRINTING WORKS 203/2 CORNWALLIS STREET.

PUBLISHED BY B. BANERJEE & Co., 25, Cornwallis Street, and 54, College Street.

To

The Hon'ble Sir Justice

ASHUTOSH MOOKERJEE, SARASWATI, Kt.

C.S.I., M.A., D.L., D.S.C., F.R.A.S., F.R.S.E.

Vice Chancellor of the University of CALCUTTA.

THIS BOOK

IS

DEDICATED

as a sincere token of the esteem and admiration of the

AUTHOR

for his eminent services to the cause of the

ADVANCEMENT OF LEARNING.

Transcriber's Note: There are some inconsistencies in spelling and punctuation which have been left as the original.

PREFACE.

Many educationists think that our Indian boys should be encouraged to read the stories of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, the two great Epics of India and Tales from the Sanskrit Dramatists when they are recommended to read "The Boy's Odyssey," "Legends of Greece and Rome," "Arabian Nights' Tales" and Lamb's "Tales from Shakespeare." It was perhaps from this view of the matter that the University of Calcutta recommended "The Boy's Ramayana" and "Tales from the Hindu Dramatists" for the Matriculation Examination. As no books were published in time, the University had to issue an amended notice omitting the books from the list. To supply the want, I have ventured to write the "Boy's Ramayana" and this humble book. I have tried my best to narrate briefly, in simple and idiomatic English, the stories on which the chief Sanskrit dramas are based. I hope that the University will be pleased to re insert "The Boy's Ramayana" and this book in the list of books recommended for the Matriculation Examination.

BALARAMADHAM, } 4, Madan Mitter's Lane, } RAMA NATH DUTT. Calcutta } 1911 December. }

TALES

FROM

THE HINDU DRAMATISTS.

SAKUNTALA OR THE LOST RING.

In ancient days, there was a mighty king of the Lunar dynasty by name Dushyanta. He was the king of Hastinapur. He once goes out a hunting and in the pursuit of a deer comes near the hermitage of the sage Kanwa, the chief of the hermits, where some anchorites request him not to kill the deer. The king feels thirsty and was seeking water when he saw certain maidens of the hermits watering the favourite plants. One of them, an exquisitely beautiful and bashful maiden, named Sakuntala, received him. She was the daughter of the celestial nymph Menaka by the celebrated sage Viswamitra and foster child of the hermit Kanwa. She is smitten with love at the first sight of the king, standing confused at the change of her own feeling. The love at first sight which the king conceives for her is of too deep a nature to be momentary. Struck by her beauty he exclaims:

"Her lip is ruddy as an opening bud; her graceful arms resemble tender shoots; attractive as the bloom upon the tree, the glow of youth is spread on all her limbs."

Seizing an opportunity of addressing her, he soon feels that it is impossible for him to return to his capital. His limbs move forward, while his heart flies back, like a silken standard borne against the breeze... Continue reading book >>




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