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Dramatic Version of Major Seven Upanishads

(With Original Text, Transliteration and Translation) by: Rama Venkataraman

This book — an English translation of the Tamil text — expounds the wisdom contained in seven of the principal Upanishads in the style of short dramas. English transliteration and meanings of the Sanskrit verses are also included. The language is simple to follow which makes the Upanishads easily understandable by even a layman.



ISBN: 9788124605219
Year Of Publication: 2009
Edition: 1st
Pages : ix, 680
Bibliographic Details : Several line-drawings; Bibliography
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23 cm.
Weight: 1100 gm.


The Upanishads reveal the nature of true vidya: it is the knowledge which leads to the understanding of Brahman which alone is the Reality in the world of appearances. The dramas by Shri Mani Iyer based on the Upanishads render the meaning of the Upanishads in an interesting and captivating manner so that a wider audience can gain from the Upanishadic insight.
This book presents an English translation of Mani Iyer’s seven Upanishadic dramas, originally in Tamil, and includes English transliteration of the original Sanskrit verses. The dramas pertain to seven of the major Upanishads: Kena, Ishavasya, Prashna, Mundaka, Mandukya, Taittiriya and Katha. With reference to each drama, there is an introduction that reveals the major questions raised by the Upanishad, the manner in which the play proceeds, the nature of the story, its characters, and the conclusion of the play. The translation is simple to follow and possesses a rare clarity.
Because of the simple language and the clear meanings of the Upanishadic verses, this book will be valuable to readers in general, students in particular, and to those interested in knowing what our Upanishads contain and intend to convey.


1. Kena Upanishad
— Introduction
— The Drama
2. Ishavasya Upanishad
— Introduction
— The Drama
3. Prashna Upanishad
— Introduction
— The Drama
4. Mundaka Upanishad
— Introduction
— The Drama
5. Mandukya Upanishad
— Introduction
— The Drama
6. Taittriya Upanishad
— Introduction
— The Drama
7. Katha Upanishad
— Introduction
— The Drama

Meet the Author
Dr (Ms) Rama Venkataraman has translated with great clarity and lucidity seven major Upanishadic plays from Tamil and provided the summaries for each at the beginning of the play to bring out the themes and concepts to the reach of English knowing populace and the younger generation alike. She was aided in her efforts by Shri A.V.V.S. Kamaraju who illustrated the text with his sketches which brought out further clarity to many an abstract portion of the play. The author has a Doctorate in Environmental Sociology and is an avid practitioner of Acupuncture. She has several easy to understand books to her credit on this forte too. The other publication to her credit is Ladakh -- A Himalayan Treasure, a socio-cultural book dealing with tourism aspects.