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Caitanya-candrodaya-natakam :: Kavi Karnapura

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This description of Chaitanya's early life in Puri is written in the form of a play in ten acts, though most of the action takes play off stage. It is the main source of the Chaitanya Charitamrita's Madhya lila.

Texts used :

A. (ed.) Manindranath Guha. With anonymous notes. 2nd edition. 1378 (bangabda) 1971.

B. (ed.) Ramachandra Mishra. Varanasi: Chowkhamba Sanskrit Series (Haridas Sanskrit Granthamala 267), 1966.

Contents :
1. svAnandAvezaH
2. sarvAvatAra-darzanam
3. dAna-vinodaH
4. sannyAsa-parigrahaH
5. advaita-pura-vilAsaH
6. sArvabhaumAnugrahaH
7. tIrthATanam
8. pratAparudrAnugrahaH
9. mathurA-gamanam
10. mahA-mahotsavaH

(Jagat 2004-06-19)
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Entry added: June 20th 2004
Entry updated: June 20th 2004
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Keywords: karnapura, paramananda, sena, caitanya, carita, candrodaya
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From S.K. De · Posted by Jagat on June 20th 2004 - 14:33 +0200
"Although it calls itself a drama, it will be seen that the Caitanya-candrodaya merely presents the chief incidents of Chaitanya's religious life and experience in the dramatic form without an attempt to convert the whole into a real drama. There is incredibly little action, and not much convincing characterization, in a work which presents itself as a drama. Most of the incidents are reported instead of being represented. The treatment does not indeed lack vividness and coherence, inasmuch as much of what is described was actually felt and was still within living memory, but its dramatic inadequacy is obvious."

...from here it descends into De's familiar lengthy critique of Sanskrit poetry and poets.

"... Nevertheless, Karnapura can write elegant verse and clear prose, and his presentation of the life of Chaitanya is vivid and eminently readable. Notwithstanding its deficiencies, the Caitanya-candrodaya is by no means an insignificant work, though it is difficult to agree with the appreciation of Sylvain Lévi that it is an 'original and powerful drama.' "

(Early History of the Vaishnava Faith and Movement in Bengal, 575-576)