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The Slaying of Meghanada: A Ramayana from Colonial Bengal

Michael Madhusudan Datta


“The poem is rising into splendid popularity. Some say it is better than Milton — but that is all bosh — nothing can be better than Milton; many say it licks Kalidasa; I have no objection to that. I don't think it impossible to equal Virgil, Kalidasa, and Tasso.” Michael Madhusudan Datta wrote this in a letter to a friend about his verse narrative, The Slaying of Meghanada (1861). The epic, a Bengali version of the Ramayana story in which Ravana, not Rama, is the hero, has become a classic of Indian literature. Datta lived in Bengal at the height of what is frequently called the Bengal Renaiss ... More

Keywords: Bengal, Ramayana, Ravana, Hindi, Kolkata, western epic tradition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780195167993
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2005 DOI:10.1093/0195167996.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Madhusudan Datta, author