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Khandakavyas of Kalidasa

A 7-Day Online Camp on Kalidasa’s Lyrical Poems Mahakavi Kalidasa is one of the greatest poets and dramatists in the world. His extensive pieces highlight the beauty that encompassed his mind and brought out the aesthetics of the Sanskrit language. He composed seven master pieces in Sanskrit. These include three dramas, two epic poems and two lyric poems. This camp will introduce his two khandakavyas (short poems): Ritusaṃhara and Meghaduta. In addition Hamsa Sandesha of Vedanta Deshika will be elaborated on by Dr. L. Sampath Kumar, Assistant Professor and Head of the School of Linguistics and Literary Studies, at Chinmaya Vishwa Vidyapeeth.

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  • Introducing Mahakavi Kalidasa to the participants
  • Discuss the characteristics of khandakavya and sandeshakavya (dutakavya), general introduction to various beautiful short poems in Sanskrit literature and also Hamsa-sandesha by Vedanta Deshika
  • Literary criticism of selected verses, mainly based on Rasa and Dhvani theory  
  • An interactive session will be held to answer the queries of the participants


Any individual, of any age, desirous to know about the rich Sanskrit literature by Kalidasa can join the camp. Though the khandakavyas are in Sanskrit, lectures will be in English, therefore working knowledge of English is preferred.


Prof. Gauri Mahulikar is the Academic Director at CIF. Dr. Mahulikar was the Gurudev Tagore Chair of Comparative Literature Professor and former head of department of Sanskrit at the Mumbai University. She holds a Doctorate in Sanskrit on ‘Vedic Elements in Puranic Mantras and Rituals’. An author, who has published 8 books and over 90 research articles in English, Marathi, Hindi and Sanskrit, Dr. Mahulikar has mentored several doctoral students; eighteen of who have successfully earned their doctorates.

She was instrumental in launching courses in Manuscriptology, Bhakti Literature and Mysticism in the Sanskrit Department and has coordinated a UGC funded project on 'Digital Preservation of Palm Leaf Manuscripts' (2010-2015).

Dr. Mahulikar was awarded the Maneckji Limji Gold Medal for her dissertation on ‘Ancient Greek Dramas and Bharata’s Natyasastra’ from Mumbai University. Some of the many awards that Dr. Mahulikar has been awarded are the ‘Ramakrishna Award’ by the Canadian Education Foundation, Ontario for the propagation of Sanskrit (2003); Guru Gaurav Puraskar by Kalasadan, Mumbai (2011); Kavikulaguru Kalidas Sanskrit Sadhana Puraskar by Maharashtra State Government (2013); Adi Sankaracarya Puraskar awarded by H.H. Sri Jayendra Saraswati Mahaswamigal, the Shankaracharya of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham (2014); Savitribal Phule Puraskar by Mumbai University (2015); and the Indira Behere Puraskar by Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, Pune (2015). Recently she is awarded the prestigious Adi Shankara Fellowship (2021-2023) by the Madhya Pradesh Government for her project, “Adi Shankara: Life, Wisdom and Vision.”

Camp Details:

Start Date: 5 October 2022

End Date: 11 October 2022

Camp Donation: ₹ 2,000/US$ 60

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  • Camp Starts on (05-10-2022)
  • Last Date for Registration (11-10-2022)