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Tales From Panchtantra

author: Vishnu Sharma

Supporting Material: Available

ISBN 9788125951506
For Age Group 10 - 11 Years
Pages 76
Weight 0.174 Kg
Binding Paperback
Trim Size 6.25*9.5 inches
List Price 180.00

The Panchatantra is an ancient Indian inter-related collection of animal fables. It is the oldest collection of Indian fables surviving. Both animals and human are portrayed as the characters of the Panchatantra tales. These extraordinary tales are liked, even loved by people of all age group because of the fact that they serve as the best guide to instill moral values in children.

About Author

Vishnu Sharma was an Indian author and renowned Sanskrit scholar. He is believed to have written the Panchatantra which are a collection of fables. He composed the Panchatantra to teach political science to his young royal disciples. The exact period of the composition is uncertain, and estimates vary from 1200 BCE to 300 CE.

According to the legend, Amarashakti, King of Mahilaropya in southern India, had three young sons. The king despaired of his three princes' inability to learn. After much thought, the King decided to hand over the three princes to Vishnu Sharma for ';awakening their intelligence'. Vishnu Sharma was already 80 years old but was known to be a scholar in all the shastras and the theory of politics and diplomacy.

Vishnu Sharma knew that he could never instruct these three students through conventional methods. He had to employ a less orthodox way, and that was to tell a succession of animal fables.

So he adapted stories that had been told for thousands of years in India, and composed them into an entertaining five-part work to communicate the essence of diplomacy, relationships, politics and administration to the princes. These five discourses, became the Panchatantra, meaning the five (pancha) treatises (tantra).

Vishnu Sharma is one of the most widely translated authors in history. Panchatantra has been translated into many Indian and foreign languages like Latin, Spanish, Italian, German, Persian and Arabic.

About the Series

Salient Features

  • Selection of stories and writers conform to those recommended by various Boards and schools
  • Books have been adapted and abridged from authentic texts to make them suitable for various age groups
  • Careful grading of language and vocabulary make for simple,easy reading
  • Colourful, vibrant illustrations bring the stories alive in the reader's mind
  • Comprehension exercises at the end of each book are designed to make it a pleasurable activity, and can be easily used for grading by the teacher
  • An element of interest by way of extra information/web links on the movie and theatre adaptations of the books have been provided wherever appropriate, for further exploration
  • Ideal for libraries, gifts and home reading.

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