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Indo-European languages

The corpus of Sanskrit literature encompasses a rich tradition of poetry and drama as well as scientific, technical, philosophical and dharma texts. Sanskrit continues to be widely used as a ceremonial language in Hindu religious rituals and Buddhist practice in the forms of hymns and mantras. Spoken Sanskrit has been revised in some villages with traditional institutions, and there are attempts at further popularisation. The Sanskrit verbal adjective sa? sk? ta- may be translated as “put together, constructed, well or completely formed; refined, adorned, highly elaborated”. It is derived from the root sa? -skar- “to put together, compose, arrange, prepare”,[5] where sa? – “together” (as English same) and (s)kar- “do, make”. The term in the generic meaning of “made ready,…

Sakuntala India

Kalidasa’s Sakuntala is the best-known Sanskrit drama, and widely considered a masterpiece. It is based on an episode from the Mahabharata (book 1, ch. 62-69), though Kalidasa takes significant liberties in his version. Widely translated — there were “no fewer than forty-six translations in twelve different languages” in the century after Sir William Jones’ groundbreaking first translation (1789) alone, Dorothy Matilda Figueira notes in Translating the Orient — new editions continue to appear regularly. Barbara Stoler Miller’s, published along with translations of Kalidasa’s two other dramas (and three explanatory essays) as Theater of Memory, appears to have become a standard version, and certainly the classroom text of choice (at least in the US); it also has the advantage of being…