Mrchhakatika (The Toy Cart) in the only extant play of Sudraka, though the authorship is disputed. It is also the only known play dealing with a married Brahmin’s love for a courtesan. This Ten-Act play, portraying contemporary Hindu society, conforms to the edicts laid down by the sage Bharata in his authoritative treatise, Natyasastra, as a Prakarama. This critical study is an attempt to explore and analyse the text from the viewpoint of modern audience as well as students in our universities. A number of critical and textual problems have also been answered in the end in keeping with examination requirements. Shakti Batra has been Vice-principal, Dyal Singh College (University of Delhi), has also taught at the Kabul University and the University of Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek.

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