Bana is among the three most important prose writers in classical Sanskrit, all of whom lived in the late sixth and early seventh centuries AD. It is clear, from his. The Kādambarī by Bāṇabhaṭṭa, the greatest Sanskrit prose work, valiantly translated by the late Gwendolyn Layne. It is hard for English to do any justice to the. The Kadambari Is One Of The Best Romantic Fictions Of 7Th Century By Banabhatta. An Imaginative Romantic Story Of Love, Technically In The Katha From.
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Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Kadambari by Banabhatta. Kadambari by Banabhatta banqbhatta. Bana is among the three most important prose writers in classical Sanskrit, all of whom lived in the late sixth and early seventh centuries AD. It is clear, from his writings, that his mind was amazingly modern, humane and sensitive, especially for the seventh-century India in which he lived.
Nanabhatta had a healthy irreverence towards many of the established orthodoxies of his Bana is among the three most important prose writers in classical Sanskrit, all of whom lived in the late sixth and early seventh centuries AD. Bana had a healthy irreverence towards many of the established orthodoxies of his time and his strength lies in his skill as a storyteller and as a creator of characters vibrant with life and individuality.
Banabhxtta is a lyrical prose romance that narrates the banabgatta story of Kadambari, a Gandharva princess, and Chandrapida, a prince who is eventually revealed banabhatts be the moon god. Acclaimed as a great literary work, it is replete with eloquent descriptions of palaces, forests, mountains, gardens, sunrises and sunsets and love in separation and fulfillment.
Featuring an intriguing parrot-narrator, banabhatga story progresses as a delightful romantic thriller played out in the magical realms between this world and the other, in which the earthly and the divine blend in idyllic splendour. Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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Lists with This Book. Jul 31, Nick rated it really liked it. Kadsmbari book was written in the 7th century and is believed to be the first novel in the world. Written by Banabhatta in Sanskrit originally it has been translated by Padmini Rajappa. Some people believe that two writers father-son were involved in the creation of this work since the original writer died in the middle of writing it.
That said, the readers wouldn’t feel the difference. This book uses frame narrative to tell the story.
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The story involves talking animals, rebirth, divine intervention This book was written in the 7th century and is believed to be the first novel in the world. The story involves talking animals, rebirth, divine interventions and such tropes which are common among Indian folklore. The language of the book uses metaphors and smilies, puns and very heavy use of embellishment as was common at that time in Sanskrit writings.
A whole page is sometimes used to say what could have been said in a few sentences!! But you have to consider that its a translation of a work written in the form of poetry if I recall correctly.
Sometimes I felt that the story would have been more enjoyable if it had been read in its original form i. The story itself isn’t long or complex if you can keep track of character introduce through framed storytelling. If you haven’t understood so far, let me say it in clear words.
This is a heavy read and would test your patience. But if you want to appreciate the richness of Sanskrit writing and experience a classical work, go for it.
The Kadambari of Bana
I have deducted one star owing to the story but nonetheless, still a good read. If you are interested in Indian Classics, this is one of the finest work of ancient Indian authors, naturally in Sanskrit, a historical Indo-Aryan language and the primary liturgical language of Hinduism and Buddhism. This work can be plausibly claimed to kadqmbari one of the first novels in the world; making due allowance for the ambiguities of such a classification.
Two modern Indian languages Kannada and Marathi use ‘kadambari’ as a generic term for a romance or a novel. The novel has a very intricate plot. The story proceeds through several narrators in a succession of nested frames.
Quite a few characters appear in multiple births. Kadambari the eponymous heroine of the novel makes her appearance only past the midpoint. There is a well-known, interesting statement in Sanskrit, involving a play on words: The careful translation by Dr Padmini Rajappa is worth praising. She pursued her cherished goal of mastering the Sanskrit language under the guidance of teachers in the Department of Sanskrit, University of Poona and from the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute.
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Nemo rated it really liked it Shelves: But this was common for the style of that time, as Bhanabhatta is among those literati who wrote in prose rather than poetry, which was much more fashionable. Many sentences read like poetry. I loved the story within a story style, it was intricate but the writer is so skillful that you were never lost. All his characters are unique and recognizable even though there were so many of them.
It had a wonderfully interesting background of days long lost. I was sad that many of the old traditions were lost especially purification rituals, which really were for hygiene, health and beauty.
The mention of all the different medicinal herbs was very interesting. I’m glad that some traditions are gone and hope they stay that way. Banabhatta mentioned the chandala peoples, but he places them in such poor light, it’s quite sickening. The time period in which he lived is the one where Vedic ideals on division of labor were lost and twisted into the power-greedy caste horror it is today.
Women had hardly any power either, and that also makes me glad I live in this era. A fun read and well recommended.
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