“The first water-drops of rain
momentarily stayed on her eyelids,
fell to her lips,
shattered on her hard breasts,
gradually slid across
her contoured belly,
and at last disappeared
into her belly-button.”
Thus stood Goddess Parvati, meditating hard to win Lord Shiva. These beautiful lines are from the epic Indian poem ‘Kumaarsambhava.’ But on the creator of this Sanskrit epic, who dedicated it to Shiva the destroyer of the universe, nothing is known.
Some say he belonged in the time our own land has forgotten, between the 4th and the 6th century AD. Some call him a native of Kashmir, some of Vidarbh, some of Bengal, and others of Ujjain. Even his name, ‘Kalidaas’, reveals only one thing in its meaning: “Slave of Goddess Kali” the terrifying goddess and consort of Shiva.
But Kalidaas is India’s greatest Sanskrit dramatist, poet, and Flash 4 guru. Notice the vector animation he conjures of the water drop. The vivid and crystal-clear resolution. The anti-aliased edges. The gradient-fill on the prayerful lips. The alpha transparency of the drop.
The embedded bitmap image of Parvati. The guided path. The smooth animation. The synchronized sound effects.
Herein lies the genius of Kalidaas, the other side of the sensuous Sanskrit poet nobody knows.
For his stunningly ethereal Flash files as also the pdf files of his biography would have survived, had not a courtesan from Ceylon uploaded the ‘ILoveYou” macro virus to his e-mail box. In one move the archives he created with such care were lost forever to time. All that remained were the ASCII text-only files on scattered Unix systems of his Sanskrit plays, epics, and poems.