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ĀDI-PARVA नारायणं नमस्कृत्य नरञ्चैव नरोत्तमम् । देवीं सरस्वतीं व्यासं ततो जयमुदीरयेत् ॥ Having saluted Nārāyaṇa, the human and the divine; Sarasvatī; and Vyāsa – May Jaya be hailed! Vaiṣampāyana narrated the story of Mahābhārata, which he had heard from his guru Vyāsa, to Janamejaya during his sarpa-yāga. The Sūta-paurāṇika Ugraśrava (the son of Lomaharṣa)

ಈಚೆಗೆ ನಮ್ಮ ದೇಶದ ಒಳಗೂ ಹೊರಗೂ ಭಾರತೀಯಪರಂಪರೆಯನ್ನು ಕುರಿತು ಕುತೂಹಲ ಮತ್ತು ನವೋತ್ಸಾಹಗಳು ಹೊಮ್ಮಿದಂತೆ ತೋರುತ್ತದೆ. ಈ ಮಾರ್ಪಾಡು ಸ್ವಾಗತಾರ್ಹವೇನೋ ದಿಟ, ಆದರೆ ಅದೆಷ್ಟೋ ಬಾರಿ ಇಂಥ ಕುತೂಹಲ-ಉತ್ಸಾಹಗಳು ಅತಿರೇಕ-ಅವಿವೇಕಗಳಿಂದಲೂ ಅವ್ಯುತ್ಪತ್ತಿ-ಅಸಾಮರ್ಥ್ಯಗಳಿಂದಲೂ ಕೂಡಿರುವುದು ವಿಷಾದಕರ. ವಿಶೇಷತಃ ಪ್ರಾಚೀನಭಾರತೀಯಸಮಾಜ ಮತ್ತು ಇತಿಹಾಸ-ಪುರಾಣಗಳನ್ನು ಆಧರಿಸಿದ ಕಥೆ-ಕಾದಂಬರಿಗಳಂಥ ರಸಪ್ರಧಾನವಾದ ಕಾಲ್ಪನಿಕರಚನೆಗಳನ್ನು ವಿವಿಧಭಾರತೀಯಭಾಷೆಗಳಲ್ಲಿಯೂ — ಎಲ್ಲಕ್ಕಿಂತ ಮಿಗಿಲಾಗಿ ಇಂಗ್ಲಿಷ್ ನಲ್ಲಿಯೂ — ನಡಸುತ್ತಿರುವ ಹೊಸ ಪೀಳಿಗೆಯ ಬರೆಹಗಾರರ ಪೂರ್ವೋಕ್ತರೀತಿಯ

Analysis – Characters and events   The epics, Iliad and Odyssey, are placed in the backdrop of war and voyage at sea. Both war and voyage have always posed unexpected challenges, have given rise to intense emotions and unpredictable outcomes. Both war and voyage throw a

The current series on the epics of Homer is in six parts. The series contains a brief synopsis of the stories, analysis of the main characters and events, figures of speech and a discussion on the Greek epic structure. A talk on this topic was

विदितमेव खलु काव्यं दृश्यं श्रव्यं चेत्यादौ द्वेधा विभक्तं; पश्चाद्गद्य-पद्य-चम्पूभेदत्वेन त्रेधा चेत्यपि । तथा च मुक्तक-युग्मक-सान्दानितक-कलापक-कुलक-अष्टक-शतकादिपद्यसङ्ख्यानुसारं विभागा वर्तन्त एव । अपि च गद्ये पद्यगन्धि-उत्कलिका-चूर्णिकाप्रायादयः सन्ति नैके विभागाः । महाकाव्यं, खण्डकाव्यं, आख्यायिका, कथा इत्यादयः श्रव्यकाव्यप्रभेदास्तथा नाटक-प्रकरण-भाणादिदशररूपकत्वेन च नाटिका-त्रोटक-सट्टकाद्यष्टादशाधिकोपरूपकत्वेन दृश्यकाव्यप्रकारा अपि राजन्ते । एवमेव नूतनसंप्रदायानुसारं लघुकथा (short story),

The poetic conversation between Vāsiṣṭha-gaṇapati-muni and Ambikā-datta that took place at the conference of scholars—‘paṇḍita-goṣṭhi’—at Nava-dvīpa (Nadia) is a good example for the genre of dialogue-poetry. Vāsiṣṭha-gaṇapati, who was then a young lad of twenty-two, went to participate in the extempore poetry—‘āśukavitā’—competition in Nava-dvīpa, following the