Mṛcchakaṭikam is a well-known Sanskrit play by Śūdraka. The plot of the play is a love story of Cārudatta, a poor brahmin, and Vasantasenā, a courtesan, who live in Ujjayinī. It is a ten-act play and it falls under the Prakaraṇa category. The plot and the characters of the play are the fantasied creation of the playwright, but not real.
Cārudatta, a father of a new-born child, falls in love with Vasantasenā. With this affair he faces dramatic consequences due to various factors such as, poverty, socio-political impediments, theft, accusation of murder, etc., However, he finally wins his love in the climax and gets himself rid of his poverty as well. The title of the play denotes a ‘toy of a clay cart‘. It is named so, as the toy gives a dramatic twist to the plot and pushes it to culminate into a positive ending. Though the plot contains many Rasas in it, yet it portrays Śṛṅgāra Rasa majorly.
The lectures are useful for students to understand of the concepts of Sanskrit plays. The play is prescibed for the Kovida (Fifth level) exams conducted by the Chittoor sabha.
In these lectures, Ms. P.R. Gayathri explains the concepts with exceptional clarity in lucid Tamil. Her explanations enable the students to master the text easily and to present it better in their exams. The lectures would indeed be a treasure for students seeking to write these examinations, as teachers willing to teach this unique text are rare.
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