Who is the Author of Abhigyan Shakuntalam?

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Updated on: November 9th, 2023

Kalidasa is the Author of Abhigyan Shakuntalam. Abhigyan Shakuntalam is a classical Sanskrit play of seven acts, which narrates the well-known love story of king Dushyant and Shakuntala. One of the most brilliant poets and dramatists in the sky of Sanskrit literature is the great poet Kalidasa. He is the best representative of India, not only in Sanskrit literature but also in world literature.

Abhigyan Shakuntalam Author

Just like Shakespeare’s name is associated with English literature, Rabindranath’s name is associated with Bengali literature, and so is the name of Kalidasa with Sanskrit literature. According to legend, the great poet was a fool in his early life. His wife, Vidyushi Vidyavati, used to laugh at his stupidity. Humiliated by his wife, he attempted suicide.

It is said that in such a situation, he got the blessings of Saraswati. In this way, the foolish Kalidasa became the great poet Kalidasa. The great poet Kalidasa was born between the 4th and 6th century AD.

Facts About Author of Abhigyan Shakuntalam

He was the court poet of the Gupta Emperor Chandragupta II (375 AD-415 AD). Kalidasa has been mentioned as one of the jewels or the Navratna of Vikramaditya’s court. The works of the great poet Kalidasa are as follows:

  • Malavikagnimitram (Sanskrit play)
  • Vikramōrvaśīyam (Sanskrit play)
  • Meghdutam (lyrical poem)
  • Kumārasambhava (epic)
  • Raghuvansham (epic)
  • Ritusamhara (lyrical poem)


Who is the Author of Abhigyan Shakuntalam?

The famous Sanskrit playwright and poet Mahakabi Kalidasa Authored Abhigyan Shakuntalam about 2,500 years ago. King Dushyant and Shakuntala’s love affair is the theme of the play. Kalidasa is one of the most gifted poets of Sanskrit literature who was said to have received blessings from Goddess Saraswati herself. He was the court poet of Emperor Vikramaditya of Chandragupta II.

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