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मत्तविलासप्रहसनम् (तमिळ्-भाषया)

Mattavilaasa Prahasanam (Tamil Explanation)

Mattavilasa Prahasanam is written by the king Mahendra Vikrama Pallavan. Among the ten types of Rupakas, this is the prahasanam type which has hasya (comedy) as its main rasa. In these audio lectures, Smt. P. R. Gayathri explains the drama in simple Tamil, focusing on the dramatic elements and the beauty of language.

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What will you gain from this course? (Key Benefits / Learning Outcomes)

  • Verse-by-verse and line by line understanding through anvaya and word-by-word meaning of the short one-act comedy.
  • Appreciation of advanced poetic and linguistic aspects of Sanskrit literature.
  • Focussed explanations helpful in exam-preparation.

What are the materials/support you get?

  • 7 pre-recorded videos which you can access anytime, from any device.
  • Doubt clarifications through Email.

What are the pre-requisites to get the best out of this course? (Eligibility)

  • Good knowledge of Sanskrit language and grammar, at the level of Chittoor - Samartha / Samskrita Bharati - Kovida.
  • Previous exposure to simpler kavyas will help in understanding and appreciating this kavya better.
  • Ability to understand simple spoken Tamil.
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In the beginning of the sessions, a good introduction about the drama प्रहसन is given, then after the poet introduction, and opening shlokas, there is a prologue, where the नटी and सूत्रधार converse. Then follows the drama.
Matta means a mad person. The whole drama, set in the 7th century Kanchipuram, is a satirical comment on two religious sects who drink, eat and enjoy life in the name of god. There is a big fight between Kapalika and Buddhists. It is all for a begging bowl that belongs to Kapalika, which is thought to be stolen by the Buddhist. Towards the end, when they fight enough talking bad about each others’ religion and decide to go for justice, a madman brings it back as restored from a dog and apologies follow.
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