: Ananta Pai
32 Pages, 7" X 9.5"
India Book House Pvt.Ltd.
of publication: 2001
Id : co74
story is adapted from the Sanskrit play "SWAPNAVASAVADATTA"
generally attributed to the Sanskrit playwright,
Bhasa. It is one of the thirteen Sanskrit dramas
discovered in the South by Pandit Ganapati Shastri
Vatsa king, had been tricked into captivity by
King Pradyota of Avanti who wanted to learn from
him the secret of taming elephants. At Ujjaini,
the capital of Avanti, Udayana refused to teach
Pradyota unless he paid him the homage due to a
guru. But Pradyota's ego would not. permit him to
do so. He sent his daughter Vasavadatta instead,
telling Udayana that she was one of his
hunch-backed relatives. And Vasavadatta was told
that Udayana was a leper. The lessons began with a
curtain screening the teacher from the taught.
However, one day, when the two saw each other the
inevitable happened. They fell in love and with
the help of his loyal minister, Yaugandharayana,
Udayana eloped with Vasavadatta to Kaushambi. What
followed is the story colour fully retold in our
Amar Chitra Katha.