Asiatic: IIUM Journal of English Language and Literature
The world of Kalidasa is defined by transgression at many levels. The possibilities of his dramatic world are vast and each level interacts with the other only because of the transgressive power of love and memory, and sometimes,even of forgetfulness. I argue that Kalidasa’s plays transcend, rather than establish, the conflicts between love and duty. I establish that the diverse and, often disjunctive, worlds seem to be in conversation in Kalidasa’s unifying dramatic realm –in this realm, while everything seems possible, everything possible can be made impossible because of the disruptive power of memory or forgetfulness.
Kalidasa, rasa, transgression, love and memory, subversion, constraint and freedom
Film and Theatre
Sukanya Chakrabarti. "The Plays of Kalidasa: Treading the Line between Constraint and Freedom" Asiatic: IIUM Journal of English Language and Literature (2017): 4-21.