\kˌalɪdˈɑːsə], \kˌalɪdˈɑːsə], \k_ˌa_l_ɪ_d_ˈɑː_s_ə]\
Definitions of KALIDASA
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A celebrated Hindu poet; his date is variously placed, but most probably he lived about the sixth century A. D. He was called one of the "nine pearls", i. e., one of the nine poets adorning the court of King Vikramaditya. His most famous work, and the one most attractive to modern readers, and greatly admired by Goethe, is the drama "Cakuntala". It portrays a love affair that, after surmounting manifold impediments, ends at last happily, and brings home to us in a wonderful way the essential unity of human nature in all ages. It was translated into English by Sir William Jones in 1789, and by Monier-Williams in 1885, and has been adapted to the German stage. Kalidasa wrote dramatic, epic, and lyric poetry.
By Charles Dudley Warner