How my father made up with a song and a string of jasmines after a lover’s tiff with mom.
Kalidas’s most famous play painted by India’s celebrated painter Ravi Varma.
Famous Kalidas love story between Urvashi the celestial nymph and Pururava the mortal.
(To read the story from the beginning go to nal-and-damyanti-a-story-told-through-kathakali-and-raja-ravi-varma-paintings-part-1) Living in Kosala, Bahuka often worried what might have happened to Damyanti in the forest. One day when the other two servants were deep asleep, he cursed himself and sang a tragic separation song in her memory. Jeevalam was half awake and overheard this exceptional poetry….
(To read the story from the beginning go to nal-and-damyanti-a-story-told-through-kathakali-and-raja-ravi-varma-paintings-part-1) In the forest Nal and Damayanthi wandered hungry and thirsty. After hours they saw two birds sitting on a tree branch and planned to catch them for food. Without his bow and arrows Nal felt helpless and frustrated. He took off his only piece of clothing,…
(To read the story from the beginning go to nal-and-damyanti-a-story-told-through-kathakali-and-raja-ravi-varma-paintings-part-1) Damyanti was determined that she would choose Nal when her father invites suitors for her swayamvar– a groom selection contest, practiced for ancient princesses. All kings, princes and Gods aspired to marry a beautiful woman like her. Once her father Bheemak announced the swayamvar, Indra (God…
The story of Nal and Damayanti is described in Mahabharatha in chapters 52 to 79 in Vanaparva as told by Sage Brihadaswa to Yudhishthir and Bheema. The pandavas had beenbanished for thirteen years of exile, having lost all their wealth and honour in the gambling match. The humiliation of Draupadi nagged them day and night….