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.
In these audio lectures, Smt. Visalakshi Sankaran deals with the text with consummate skill, efficiently explaining the imposing words of Bāṇabhaṭṭa in lucid Tamil. Clarity and uncomplicated explanations are her hallmarks, and she inspires all with her infectious enthusiasm for Samskrita and its glorious literature.
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