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The Conquest of Madhura: Gangadevi's Madhura Vijaya

Shankar Rajaraman

ISBN 10: 8192411222 / ISBN 13: 9788192411224
Published by Rasala, 2014
Condition: Good Soft cover
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Title: The Conquest of Madhura: Gangadevi's Madhura...

Publisher: Rasala

Publication Date: 2014

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Good

Edition: 1.

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The Madhura Vijaya is a 14th century court epic by a princess of the Vijayanagara Empire. Its historical importance is matched only by its literary qualities – the editors who rediscovered it, in 1916, noted that it was so good that some scholars couldn’t accept it had been written by a woman. The poem celebrates the victory of the Vijayanagara Empire’s crown prince, Kampa, over the Persian-ruled Madurai. In addition to battle scenes awash with blood, gore and plenty of poetic fantasy, the poetess describes how her husband Kampa passes the time between wars with his bevy of beautiful wives. The Rasala edition comprises about 200 of the original Sanskrit verses alongside a new English translation.

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Shankar Rajaraman is a psychiatrist by profession who moonlights as a Sanskrit poet. Shankar is an ashtavadhani, having triumphed in several avadhanas or traditional poetry competitions in which the poet must compose complex verses on the spot in response to challenges thrown down by eight examiners. Venetia Kotamraju is a British Sanskrit enthusiast and the founder of Rasala, which publishes India’s most beautiful forgotten poems in translation.

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