Translator(s): C N Joshi / R P Shastri
Publisher: Global Vision Publishing House
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8182200253
Uttararamacharita by Bhavabhuti (7th Century) deals with the history of Rama’s later life, beginning with his coronation, the abandonment of Sita, and their final reunion. Bhavabhuti says he has only given a dramatic form to the Ramayanakatha of Valmiki. It is true that the main characters and events in this play are drawn from the Ramayana, but the changes in characters and happening Bhavabhuti has made, including the happy end, cannot all be ascribed to the demands of the dramatic form.
Bhavabhuti has, in fact, presented the Rama story with a new motivation within an overall design implying purposeful art.
Act I: The Mural
Act II: Sita in the Dandaka Forest
Act III: The Invisible Sita
Act IV: The Meeting of Kaushalya and Janaka
Act V: The Brave Young Men
Act VI: The Recognition of the Princes
Act VII: The Reunion