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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KNOWN FOR: In 12 seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, favorite roles have included the Witch in Into the Woods, Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra, Rosalind in As You Like It, Vasantasena in The Clay Cart, and Maruca in Universes' Party People.
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.
The villain of the play, Sansthanaka, the king's brother - in - law, smothers Vasantasena in a remote garden and accuses Charudatta of the crime, but Vasantasena recovers and appears just in time to save her lover from execution.