This is a Pre-recorded video course on the Śukānasopadeśaḥ of Bāṇabhaṭṭa’s masterpiece, Kādambarī.
In this course, Ms. Visalakshi Sankaran leads the students through the text in English, bringing out the nuances of śāstra drawing upon the long experience of teaching various kāvyas.
In these video lectures, Smt. Visalakshi Sankaran deals with the text with consummate skill, efficiently explaining the imposing words of Bāṇabhaṭṭa in lucid English. Clarity and uncomplicated explanations are her hallmarks, and she inspires all with her infectious enthusiasm for Samskrita and its glorious literature. We thank Smt. Visalakshi Sankaran for allowing us to share these lectures through our portal.
Teacher of the Course – Ms. Visalakshi Sankaran
Ms. Visalakshi Sankaran, a passionate part-time teacher, is involved with many things in Sanskrit, including teaching, translating, and deep dive discussions in literature, grammar and philosophy. She is a gold medalist from Madras University where she pursued her MA in Sanskrit. Ms. Visalakshi lives in San Jose, CA, teaches Sanskrit to NRIs living in middle east and US.
Ms. Visalakshi is also an active blogger. You can visit her blog here- (http://samskrute.blogspot.com)
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In this course, we will all have the opportunity to get a taste of the nectar of the Sanskrit gadyas. We will gain familiarity with the great poet Bānabhaṭṭa’s literature.
Kādambarī is one of the masterpieces of Bāṇabhaṭṭa, and is perhaps the most popular gadyakāvya of Samskrita. Bāṇa weaves a magical tale spanning several births of multiple characters, fascinating both from the point of view of the story and the language. The descriptive powers of Bāṇa are in full-flow in this epic novel, giving rise to the adage “Bāṇocchiṣṭam jagatsarvam” (The entire world is nothing but chewed remnants left behind by Bāṇa). Truly it is said, “Kādambarīrasajñānām āhāropi na rocate” (Those who have known the taste of Kādambarī do not even like their food).
Many portions of the Kādambarī are prescribed for study as part of different syllabi. One of the most popular portions is the Śukanāsopadeśaḥ – advice given by Śukanāsa, the minister of Tārāpīḍa, to the prince Candrāpīḍa, who is about to be crowned as the heir-apparent. In a wonderful collection of worldly wisdom, Śukanāsa warns Candrāpīḍa of the dangers of wealth, youth and evil-association. Highly relevant even in today’s world, couched in beautiful poetic sayings, this portion is a must-read for all Samskrita students.
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