The Ramayana : In Classical Sanskrit and Prakrt Mahakavya Literature

V Raghavan, Dr. V. Raghavan Centre for Performing Arts (Regd.), 2004, pbk, vii, 188 p, $0.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

Contents: Foreword. 1. The Ramayana in classical Sanskrit and Prakrt Mahakavya Literature : i. Kalidasa-general. ii. Raghuvamsa. 2. The Setubandha or Ravanavadha of Pravarasena. 3. The Janakiharana (JH) of Kumaradasa. 4. The Bhatti-Kavya. 5. The Ramacarita of Abhinanda. 6. The Ramayana Campu of Bhoja. 7. Ksemendra: i. Ramayana Manjari. ii. Ramopakhyana in his Bharatamanjari. iii. Ramavatara in his Dasavataracarita. iv. The short account in Brahatkathamanjari and the same compared with that in Somadeva's Kathasaritsagara. Index.

From the foreword: "This book presented here, is a study on the poems in Classical Sanskrit and Prakrt which points out the different versions of these poets in the story of Rama. The influence of the Valmiki Ramayana on the Kavyas of these poets is well known. These poets have made some changes in the story to suit their poems. Dr. Raghavan has made a thorough study of the Kavyas mentioned above and pointed out meticulously, the differences in the story from the original. Some of these poets have introduced even new elements to make their works quite appealing."

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