Meghaduta by Kalidasa: translation from the Sanskrit by Holcombe. Kalidasa’s Meghaduta or Cloud Messenger translated from the Sanskrit into good English verse: a free pdf ebook with notes and bibliography. The Meghadūta of Kālidāsa has ratings and 14 reviews. A poem of stanzas, it is one of Kālidāsa’s most famous works. The work is divided into two.

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After stressing just how pained his lover will be and how she will neglect basic elements of fashion and hygiene, he turns around and says:. He tells the cloud: Meghana, There are 6 download links for Meghaduta in this post.

When we read the poem, we are removed from the actual woman by the gaze of two men, the poet and the distressed lover he creates.

Thank you for your feedback. Thanks for pointing out this error. He asks the cloud to pass on the message to his wife that he too is missing her and is burning with the desire to reunite with her. Beautiful all the same. But he in eagerness and grief confused mistakes as sentient a thing that’s not. The Meghaduta is the lament of an exiled yaksha a benevolent nature spirit who is pining for his beloved on a lonely mountain peak.

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Kalidasa Meghaduta: English Translation as free ebook

Awakening her with a breeze that is cool with drops of water, She is revived as if with young branches of jasmine. Hi, First of all a big hatsoff to the team.

Renouncing the string of pearls it had known for a long time. It is worth noting that the poem was written in a period of rapid megyaduta of the borders of the Gupta Empire when new territories were being actively integrated into the cultural system of the Gupta kings.

The Transport of Love: I am not able to download the documents, as the mediafire link says the item is deleted. If, the wind blowing, There should be a forest fire, Leaping from pine to pine, Damaging the massive tails of yaks with its sparks, You should completely extinguish it with scores of downpours. Our house is there, just north of the estates of the lord of wealth, Visible from afar with its arch as lovely as the rainbow; At one end there is a young mandara tree, Bent over with clusters of blossoms accessible to the hand— It was raised by my lover as an adopted child.


I know that you are a shape shifter, and are really a minister of Indra, You were born in the world-renowned lineage of apocalyptic clouds.

Drunk by elephants, beautifully sounding like a rushing river. The action in Sanskrit poetry is often driven by adjectival compounds, which function as sub-clauses of the main sentence. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Having met you each season, You expose the love of those who release passionate tears. These adjectival sub-clauses and relative-clauses can make translation awkward and unwieldy if not downright confusing.

When you, the same color as a wet braid, reach its kalidass, The mountain, Slopes covered with mango groves that glisten with ripe fruit, Will meghaudta a destination for immortal couples.

But do not make a thunderous downpour, for the women are timid. As the months wear on and the seasons change, our hero sees the first clouds of summer, which in India bring the monsoon. Introduction The Meghaduta or Cloud Messenger is a masterpiece of Sanskrit literature, and was composed by the court poet Kalidasa some time before AD in northern India. He proclaims to the cloud: The rivers and tributaries are compared to the braids of beautiful women, the floral becomes the scent of love, the hills form the female body parts and the stories of Lord Siva suggesting that Kalidasa was probably a Shaivite are told in this spell-binding poem.

In the end we can sense the pain of the Yaksha but the poem ends without getting any reply from the Cloud. This lends itself very well to punning and double-entendres, which can be very difficult to capture in translation. Keep Exploring Britannica William Shakespeare. As long as the lovers are not bound by the tight embrace of love they feel restless and unsure and must communicate with those they are separated from.


HA Ouvry, http: Internet URLs are the best. Cologne Digital Sanskrit Lexicon. It is a wonderful example of an incredible artist who has portrayed his amazing knowledge of nature, human behaviour and geography of India through words. So this poem is his attempt to persuade the Clouds through the pattern we realize that it is Monsoon clouds to give the message to his wife who lives in Himalayas that he will be back home soon. There is a play-mountain on its bank, Whose peak is covered with beautiful sapphires, And which is encircled by golden banana trees.

It’s actually disappointing to see how ignored Kalidasa is in today’s times, when once it was said of him that the counting of great poets started and ended at him. The Yaksha saw a rain cloud pass by and requested it to carry a message to his wife, then languishing on Mount Kailash in the Himalayas. By bringing the two lovers together conceptually, the cloud serves to reinforce the distance between them.

He proclaims to the cloud:. Kalidasa’s Meghaduta or The Cloud Messengerhttp: And mixed his pleasure as a cloud came down so playfully to hug the summit mist, as elephants in heat will butt the ground. I imagine the color will have faded with my separation; It is well known that lotuses do not display their beauty when the sun has gone. With now the rainy month stood close at hand, to fresh Kutaja blooms he adds his plea and asks most courteously the cloud bring news of welfare to his loved-one — words that she, revived to hear of him, will understand.

Kalidasa Meghaduta

Feb 17, Veeresh M is currently reading it. Having tasted them once, who can leave large hips? Composer Fred Momotenko wrote the composition ‘Cloud-Messenger’, music for a multimedia performance with recorderdance, projected animation and electronics in surround audio.

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