Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Madly after the MusesBengali Poet Michael Madhusudan Datta and his Reception of the Graeco-Roman Classics$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Alexander Riddiford

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199699735

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199699735.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 18 March 2019

The Padmābatī nāṭak (1860) and the Judgement of Paris

The Padmābatī nāṭak (1860) and the Judgement of Paris

(p.62) 2 The Padmābatī nāṭak (1860) and the Judgement of Paris
Madly after the Muses

Alexander Riddiford

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers Madhusudan’s second Bengali play, Padmābatī nāṭak, especially Act One where the Greek story of the golden apple is, in Madhusudan’s own words, ‘Indianized’. The way in which the play unfolds is influenced by various literary models, for example Shakespearean drama, but above all by Kālidāsa’s Sanskrit play Abhijñānaśakuntalam and the tradition of Sanskrit dramaturgy. There is an implicit comment on the radical differences between the Sanskrit and the Western classical traditions in the play’s resolution when the Indian Paris wins his Trojan war and the audience’s expectation of a tragic ending is thwarted.

Keywords:   Padmābatī nāṭak, drama, Kālidāsa, Shakespeare, judgement of Paris

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .