Varsha Ritu Issue, No. 80 (Jul-Aug 2018)

FEATURE – Sanskrit Literature

In this new endeavour, Usha Kishore presents poetry translations from the Sanskrit and essays on various aspects of Sanskrit. Kishore feels that "The new interpretations of classical texts place contemporary work in a tradition, in which past and present are constantly mediated in a changing aesthetic of reception." >>>

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Feature on Sanskrit literature is embellished with exquisite artwork in various schools of Indian Art. Enjoy the Murals of Kerala, Pattachitra of Odisha, Madhubani of Bihar, and Tanjore paintings of Tamil Nadu (above), reliving the grandeur of Indian traditions. The images are juxtaposed with the rich classical literary works of Sanskrit. (Feature Section)

Sholapith art is a living tradition much in demand in West Bengal, Assam and Odisha. In these regions, Sholapith is considered a symbol of purity and sacredness. This is a tradition that replaced ivory work; and is eco-friendly and biodegradable. Read about this art form and view some exceptional pieces of work of master-craftsman Ananta Malakar. (Art Gallery)

Eminent Chinese poet, Jidi Majia has been honoured internationally. Dileep Jhaveri writes on him and his scintillating poetry.

Behind my voice there are other human sounds-
Sounds made by hundreds and thousands of people;
All their voices are compounded into one,
And that is my voice.
(Literary Articles)

U Atreya Sarma reviews Knee Jerks & Galloping Rhythms (soul-stirring stories from the hospital bed – by Eva Bell) and Beyond the Canopy of Icicles (riveting stories on contemporary social milieu – by Subhash Chandra) … And Ashish Negi reviews The Goat Thief (Tamil short stories with offbeat themes – by Perumal Murugan / translated N. Kalyan Raman). And 5 reviews more … (Book Reviews)

“Dharma crosses the sands and traverses the hills; proceeds through the woods and swims across creeks. He walks along the river, squats every few strides to splash water on his face to relieve himself from the scorn of the fiery deity above.” This brilliantly sculpted story by Rajarshi Banerjee about ‘Two Architects’ transports one to a magical world. (Fiction)

Yashvi Manglik delineates the pitiable plight of women who are forsaken by their beloved for trivial reasons and who long for true love, respect, and dignity in the society. The poems suggest that women are now tired and are longing for ‘resurrection.’ This is significant because this issue is timeless and temporal. (Poetry)

Three interesting novels reviewed – R S Chulki reviews The Queen of Kittur (a historical novel by Basavaraj Naikar)…; Shymasree Basu reviews All The Lives We Never Lived (by Anuradha Roy)…; Kalyanee Rajan reviews Invisible Ties (by Nadya A R)… And 5 more reviews… (Book Reviews)

Gagan Bihari Purohit’s translation of Bhagabati Charan Panigrahi’s Oriya story ‘Shikkar’ depicts the exceptional hunting skills of Ghinua, who had killed many wild animals such as deers, boars, and leopards; and even got better of two royal Bengal tigers. How would Ghinua be rewarded for his new hunt? (Fiction)

Prathap Kamath’s poems look at life from an ailing patient’s viewpoint – how disease and hospitalization scenes can be. That dark reality will get actualized in the minds of the readers through his expressions and imagery, voiced with sincerity and poetic interpretation. (Poetry)

Reviews of two different books … Kalyanee Rajan reviews Soft Skills and Employability Skills (by Sabina Pillai & Agna Fernandez); G Akila reviews Paper Asylum (Japanese forms of poetry by Rochelle Potkar) … And 6 more reviews… (Book Reviews)

“Allowing God the incarnations of a Fish, a Tortoise and a Wild Boar, Jayadeva in Gitagovindam could well be producing a consciousness, through eco-myths, that Nature nurtures and is the ultimate saviour. It is implied that the pre-metamorphic phase of man and lion-Narasimha indicates the politics of Nature where it can exercise the propensity of being restorative as well as destructive,” write Shruti Das(Feature Section)

Dr KV Ramakrishnamacharya, a former VC of JRR Sanskrit University, Jaipur – and a specialist in Natural Language Processing; Computational Linguistics; Development of Software Tools for Sanskrit Learning & Research – is engaged in a comprehensive tête-à-tête by U Atreya Sarma, Chief Editor on a wide range of issues regarding studies of Sanskrit…   (Feature Section)


This special Issue of Muse India on Sanskrit Literature is sponsored by our senior member
Mr R R Gandikota.

Past Issues


Issue:78:Indian Feminism

Issue:77:Indian College Fiction


Issue:75:Jnanpith Laureate C Narayana Reddy

Issue:74:Fiction Bonus

Issue:73:Derek Walcott Sufism & Sufi Literature

Issue:72:Tamil Writing