By Kālidāsa

Contriubtor noted advent by way of Chandra Rajan
Publish 12 months note: First released in 1989 via Penguin India

Kalidasa used to be the main complete poet and playwright in classical Sanskrit literature.

This assortment positive factors his best-known paintings: the nice poem Meghadutam (The Cloud Messenger), a haunting depiction of longing and separation; the play Sakuntala, which describes the stricken love among a woman of Nature and King Duhsanta; and the poem Rtusamharam (The accumulating of the Seasons), an exuberant statement of the sheer number of the flora and fauna because it teems with the energies of the good god Siva.

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When the chips are down, they'll do you proud. But always by the skin of our teeth because we're pretty wicked. WHAT I WANT THE AUDIENCE TO FEEL: This group of awkward, thick-headed, occasionally evil, fundamentally good, dumb monkeys are unbeatable. They do funny, silly, ridiculous things, but then in the end, they turn up with something pretty grand. They are vain, funny, silly, pompous, ridiculous, dopey, like the clown that keeps getting up, like the palooka that keeps leading with his chin.

There is no implied value judgment in the word “achievement,” although there is in Odets's play. The production did not stop to moralize. It simply told its story, which was like an allegory, and any judgment came from thinking about the whole story. Style in the Theatre (1938) “Style” is considered an arty term in the theatre, yet when an agent advises a playwright that the only director for his play is George Abbott (for farce or a musical) or Jed Harris (for drama), they are talking about “style,” the style of production.

Unsentimental. No mush, no milking of sentiment. Also skittish, an awkward bug, grotesque, admires humor. Humor is a function of thought. A voracious learner. A tireless teacher, in his mind all things are related. For him, all knowledge has pertinence and glamour, in its interrelatedness, overtones, associations. With him one fact evokes a related fact, and in this leap of the mind, there is pleasure and JOY. His facts are evocative, they are meaningful and alive, not cold. Thus, essentially playful in his writing.

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