Of Shakespeare and Kalidasa

It was only in 1789, when Sir William Jones published an English translation of Kalidasa’s Abhijnanasakuntala, under the title The Recognition of Sakuntala, that the outstanding German poet and playwright Goethe (1749-1832), influenced and inspired by this celebrated Sanskrit play, wrote his first scene in Faust, a fact he duly acknowledged. Speaking of Kalidasa’s genius, Goethe wrote: