The Little Clay Cart

The Little Clay Cart The Little Clay Cart is for Sanskrit theatre atypically romantic funny and thrilling This most human of Sanskrit plays is Shakespearian in its skilful drawing of characters and in the plot s direc

  • Title: The Little Clay Cart
  • Author: Sudraka Partha Chatterjee Diwakar Acharya
  • ISBN: 9780814707296
  • Page: 338
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Little Clay Cart is, for Sanskrit theatre, atypically romantic, funny, and thrilling This most human of Sanskrit plays is Shakespearian in its skilful drawing of characters and in the plot s direct clarity One of the earliest Sanskrit dramas, Little Clay Cart was created in South India, perhaps in the seventh century CE Set in the city of Ujjain, so secular and univThe Little Clay Cart is, for Sanskrit theatre, atypically romantic, funny, and thrilling This most human of Sanskrit plays is Shakespearian in its skilful drawing of characters and in the plot s direct clarity One of the earliest Sanskrit dramas, Little Clay Cart was created in South India, perhaps in the seventh century CE Set in the city of Ujjain, so secular and universal is the story that it can be situated in any society, and it has, including in Bollywood film and by the BBC Charu datta, a bankrupt married merchant, is extramaritally involved with a wealthy courtesan, Vasanta sena The king s vile brother in law, unable to win Vasanta sena s love, strangles her, and accuses Charu datta The court decides the case hastily, condemning Charu datta to death Fortunately, our heroine rises from the dead to save her beloved, and all applaud their love At this climax, the regime changes, and the rebel turned king makes Charu datta lord of an adjacent city.

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    1. A Sanskrit play which eloquently challenges the legitimacy of power structures, including class and caste, and with its rather positive take on regicide (in this case the ruler is a scoundrel, but regicide is regicide) shows itself to be decidedly modern. Goethe would've loved it.

    2. ساماثانكا: ايها الوغد الأصلع ايها السارق اقعد اقعدماتريا: ها نحن مقعدونساماثانكا: و من أقعدك؟ماتريا: القدرساماثانكا: انهض اذن انهضماتريا: سننهضرادانيكا: متى؟ماتريا: عندما يبتسم لنا الحظ مرة اخرىرادانيكا: استمر اذن ابكماتريا: لقد أجبرنا على البكاءساماثانكا: ومن أجبرك؟مات [...]

    3. The Little Clay Cart is a good play with suspenseful plot twists, a lot of humor, a fair amount of on-stage action and reasonably well-drawn characters. If nothing else, it is entertaining. (And I don’t say that dismissively. Entertaining plays are rare.)Despite the effusive praise it receives (i.e it’s “Shakespearian”), it is a light romantic tale of love between a married man and his prostitute. (It’s ok. His wife approves.) While it has a strong moral center, the play is unencumbere [...]

    4. This drama full of exposition, which detracted from my overall enjoyment of the story. I've been involved in audiodramas that had much less exposition and still managed to move the narrative forward better than this story.

    5. I have to believe the Sanskrit version when performed probably had power and interest to it than this poor translation!

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