The play follows the outline of the epic drama but the whole structure of the play is a sophisticated Dramatic form. Before going further in details regarding the question I would like to specify how the ring justifies the title of the play, Abhijnana means recognition, therefore the title of the play is recognition of Shakuntala and the ring plays an important role in the loss of identity and the recognition of Shakuntala in the eyes of king Dushyant, our hero of the play. I would like to clarify what is the ring concept, what was the curse and how the ring and the curse relate to each other. The ring was the token of love given to Shakuntala by Dushyant. The curse was given by Durvasa rishi to Shakuntala that she will not be recognized by her beloved, later on this curse was diluted and she was recognized by Dushyant.
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Abhijnanasakuntalam is a play which is divided into seven acts. It is the last play by Kalidasa. Abhijnanasakuntalam is inspired from the chapter 62 — 68 of Mahabharta. He also paints a painting of Sakuntala which looks exactly like her. Summary : Abhijnanasakuntalam is a beautiful tale of love and romance. Meneka succeeds in distracting him and give birth to their daughter Sakuntala. He was infuriated by his lost of chastity. He looks at Sakuntala and he is mesmerized by her beauty.
She is portrayed as a true beautiful lady. Sakuntala was thinking about Dushyanata. She was pregnant with her son here. She ultimately is taken away by same kind of mystical light.
He becomes a mourning mess. He instantly feels drawn towards him. Sakuntala forgives him and they both go to see the sage and seek his blessings. Thus, the play comes to an end with prayer of Lord Shiva. Kalidas has an unparalleled reputation as a poet not only in India, but also all over the world. The seven act play is about the Recognition of Shakuntala or Abhijana Shakuntalam. King Dushyanta marries Shakuntala, but has to leave for Hastinapur to fulfil his commitments.
Dushyanta gives Shankuntala a ring, to be shown to the king when she goes to his courts, to claim her place as the queen. Shakuntala is lost in her thoughts and fails to attend to the sage Durvasa. The angry sage curses her by casting a spell over Dhushyanta to forget about her existence. The King can be freed from the spell only if Shakuntala shows him the ring.
Abhigyan Shakuntalam is a play which revolves around the love story of King Dushyanta and Shakuntala. Shakuntala was the daughter of sage Vishwamitra and the Apsara Meneka. Dushyanta was out for hunting when he was interrupted by a hermit when he was about to shoot an antelope with his arrow. The King was told that the antelope belongs to the sage Kanva and the sanctity of the place should not be violated by killing the antelope. The King abstained from killing the antelope and was invited to the hermitage.
It was here that the King had his first encounter with Shankuntala. A fisherman discovered the ring in the stomach of a fish, which he caught. Shakuntala had lost the ring in the river when she ran her hand through the water while crossing it.
The ring was shown to the king by the policemen, who had caught the fisherman for theft. The king then regained his memory of marrying Shakuntala. The first Indian drama ever to be translated into a western language was Abhigyan Shakuntalam. The translation was done by Sir William Jones in Till the play was translated in 46 languages. The unique feature of the play is the absence of tragedy. Since the play is a love drama the only negative emotions introduced in the play are worry, anxiety, sorrow and heartburn, but these emotions are just momentary.
The version of Abhigyan Shakuntalam in the famous epic of Mahabharata is slightly different from the original version. In the Mahabharata, Shakuntala had to stay apart from her husband, King Dushyanta, for a very long time. It is only when their son Bharat was born that Dushyanta found him playing in the forest with a couple of lion cubs, opening their mouth with his bare hands, trying to count their teeth. Seeing a little boy playing with such courage amongst lions, Dushyanta becomes curious about the boy and asks him about his parents.
The musical adaption of the play was done in many countries including Austria, France, Italy, Hungary and Norway. It has also been staged internationally. The play gained a lot of international acclaim after its translation and was admired by many great philosophers and theater personalities.
Story related to Pure Stroke of Luck Dushyanta was out for hunting when he was interrupted by a hermit when he was about to shoot an antelope with his arrow. Lost and Regained Memory of King Dushyanta A fisherman discovered the ring in the stomach of a fish, which he caught. No Tragedy in Love Story The unique feature of the play is the absence of tragedy.
More brief of the play described in Mahabharata The version of Abhigyan Shakuntalam in the famous epic of Mahabharata is slightly different from the original version. Like Us On Facebook.
Abhijnanasakuntalam is a play which is divided into seven acts. It is the last play by Kalidasa. Abhijnanasakuntalam is inspired from the chapter 62 — 68 of Mahabharta. He also paints a painting of Sakuntala which looks exactly like her. Summary : Abhijnanasakuntalam is a beautiful tale of love and romance.
Plots similar to the play appear in earlier texts. There is a story mentioned in the Mahabharata. A story of similar plot appear in the buddhist Jataka tales as well. In the Mahabharata the story appears as a precursor to the Pandava and Kaurava's lineages.