SV: Sanskrit plays on European stages

Lars Martin Fosse lmfosse at ONLINE.NO
Tue Nov 10 08:28:22 UTC 1998

J. L. Chevillard wrote:

I would like to know whether classical Sanskrit plays
have ever been staged in European theaters
during the past two centuries and whether it was a success.

I don't think any Sanskrit plays have been staged in this country in a regular theatre, but Kalidasa's Shakuntala was staged and performed by the Norwegian Radio Theatre (thus reaching the entire population in principle). It was translated by one of our most brilliant literary translators, Mr. Rytter,  into New Norwegian (the man even knew Sanskrit!), and the result was complete magic. Often, Sanskrit literature is massacred by the horrible philological translations that are necessary for scholars, but should not be given to anyone outside a university. Mr. Rytter's translation made Shakuntala sound as wonderful in Norwegian as it does in Sanskrit. 

Best regards,

Lars Martin Fosse

Dr. art. Lars Martin Fosse
Haugerudvn. 76, Leil. 114,
0674 Oslo
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