Daśakumāracaritam is one of the most popular Gadyakāvyas of Sanskrit, authored by the great poet Daṇḍin. It is an ākhyāyikā type of prose, with a purely imaginary plot, narrated in an extraordinarily engaging manner by the poet. As the name suggests, it involves the stories of ten young men, led by the prince Rājavāhana. The group of young men sets out on a victory expedition, and they get separated along the way. They each have their own adventure, which is narrated upon their uniting again with Rājavāhana.
The Daśakumāracaritam is divided into 3 parts –
The Pūrvapīṭhikā (prologue) with five chapters (ucchvāsas)
The main body of Daśakumāracaritam, with eight ucchvāsas
The Uttarapīṭhikā (epilogue)
Pūrvapīṭhikā portion of this work is prescribed in the syllabus of first year Sastri by RSVP Tirupati. In these audio lectures, Ms. Visalakshi Sankaran brings out the beauty of prose in easy Tamil, creating a simple path through the dense gadyas. Her passion for Sanskrit poetry, and her commitment to teaching are both evident in them.
We thank Ms. Visalakshi Sankaran for permitting Vyoma-Samskrta-Pathasala to share these valuable resources with our students.