Vasantasena

Vasantasena

lovely courtesan whose many adventures culminate in an edict freeing her from her courtesan status. [Sanskrit Lit.: The Little Clay Cart in Haydn & Fuller, 432]
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On Grieg's recommendation, the orchestral work Vasantasena by Johan Halvorsen (1864-1935) was published by Peters.
It's full of names such as Vasantasena, the heroine, and Charudatta, the hero, and involves exotic customs such as caste and polygamous marriage - not necessarily an easy sell to the gray-haired playgoers who keep the festival running in the black.
Miriam Laube played a sensual and sexy Vasantasena, a courtesan who alternately dances and sings her way through the show.