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Kadambari by Banabhatta

S.N. Tiwari (Editor) Banabhatta (Author) S.K. Chaturvedi (Translator)
Synopsis The Kadambari is one of the best romantic fictions of 7th Century by Banabhatta. An imaginative romantic story of love, technically in the 'Katha' form, the noel transcends the bounds of mortal existence and moves through three lives till the deep and passionate love finally attains its desired fulfillment. In this marvelous texture the world of human beings, animals and birds all merge together, as do human, semidivine and divine characters; and the earth and the heavens combine in the universal bond of love and defies death and continue in the next birth, thus holding the entire creation together. It is these unique qualities of the heart and of faith that distinguishes this classic of Bana from the usual love romances in other languages and bestow on it an universality that no age an dim it.
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About the authors

S.N. Tiwari

S.N. Tiwari is young and dynamic research Sanskrit scholar of Magadh University, Gaya. He has edited more than five books and presented several research papers in national seminars.


Banabhatta was a powerful fiction writer in the court of Shri Harshavardhana, King of Kanauj (604-647 A.D.). He grew up in an intellectually and materially rich domestic atmosphere, imbibiihng the knowledge of all Shastras, arts and lores. Unfortunately he lost his mother Rajadevi when he was a child and his father Chitrabhanu who nurtured him carefully also passed away when Bana was fourteen years old. His contribution to Sanskrit literature is unique. The father of an ornate florid style, Bana created a new genre of prose romances by writing a historical tale, the biography of his patron king, under the title Harshacharita and Kadambari.

S.K. Chaturvedi

S.K. Chaturvedi is professor and head department of Political Science and Coordinator of Public Administration, Chaudhary Charan Singh University (formerly Meerut University) Meerut. He has been engaged in teaching Post Graduate and M.Phil students and in supervising research projects of Ph.D. scholars for more than two decades. He has authored and edited ten books and sixty papers and articles of which one and half a dozen formulate chapters of books in the areas of South Asian Politics and Relations, Criminal Justice Administration and India Political System. Dr. Chaturvedi has received Govind Ballabh Pant Award constituted by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, New Delhi for writing the History of Police in India. He also edits a bi-annual journal and is advisor to Vikas Paricharcha, a journal of the department of Public Administration, Lucknow University, Lucknow (U.P) Member of several academic associations of the national repute; professor Chaturvedi is currently the Vice President of Indian political Science Association.

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Bibliographic information

Title Kadambari by Banabhatta
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8182200180
length viii+136p., Glossary; 23cm.