Merchant-Prince Shattan

Shattan was a member of the Sangam, an old academy of Tamil poets. A critic of poetry, he was also a friend of nobles and a successful merchant. He lived in India in the early centuries A.D.

Manimekhalai

Theater by Merchant-Prince Shattan

Translated by Alain Danielou

Never before translated into English, the Manimekhalaï is one of the great classics of Indian culture. A second-century Tamil verse epic, it is a sequel to the Shilappadikaram (New Directions, 1965), which was also masterfully translated into prose by the acclaimed musician and scholar of Hinduism, Alain Daniélou. Rich with details of the period’s arts, customs, and religions, the Manimekhalaï provides an extraordinary picture of an age that suddenly comes back to life.…
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