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Mar 7

The Oxford Sanskrit Play: How Urvashi Was Won

March 7 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm GMT

Preceded by a brief reception and an introductory talk, we will stage ‘How Urvashi Was Won’, a famous Sanskrit play, with subtitles.

How Urvashi Was Won relates the story of King Pururavas and his love for an immortal, the dancer Urvashi, who normally lives in the heaven of the gods but who has come down to earth in order to realize her passion for the all-too-mortal king.

The tragic love of this asymmetrical couple was described already in the ancient ‘Rig Veda’ and later often expanded. The fifth-century Kalidasa, universally acknowledged as the supreme poet, has reworked the narrative and turned the well-known story into a masterpiece of lyricism, subtle characterization, and the working through of a bold theme.

The Second Oxford Sanskrit Play is generously funded by The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities and supported by The Queen’s College and the Faculty of Oriental Studies. Carrying forward the success of the First Oxford Sanskrit Play The Middle One, we will stage a new Sanskrit play in Sanskrit, with subtitles, based on the How Urvashi Was Won. Before the hour-long performance, a faculty member will give a short talk on the linguistic and literary context of the play, starting at 14:00

Free admission to all but registration encouraged. We particularly welcome visits from local schools or Sanskrit-teaching sixth forms. Please do get in touch if you intend to travel with a group of pupils so that we can arrange more targeted outreaching events. Contact yizhou dot liu at orinst.ox.ac.uk

Photos from the First Oxford Sanskrit Play, March 2020.

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March 7
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm GMT
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