Thursday, August 14, 2008

SINGHASAN BATTISI

Ours is a generation that grew up watching TV serials like Vikram Betaal, Dada Dadi ki Kahaniyan and Singhasan Battisi. But now it seems long ago. I faintly remember that Raja Bhoj was played by Vijay Arora but dont recall who played Vikramaditya (was it Arun Govil).
Recently, during my trip to India, I picked the book from a Indian Railway Bookstall. It was like revisiting the past, not that I recalled the stories, but still it was a soothing sense of associated deja vu. Here in this post I list the names of the Thirty Two fairies that relate the story of King Vikramaditya's righteousness, justice and valour as King Bhoj tries to ascend the mystic throne of mighty King Vikramaditya.
  1. RatnaManjari
  2. Chitralekha
  3. Satyabhama
  4. Chandrakala
  5. Leelavati
  6. kaamkandala
  7. Kaumudi
  8. Pushpawati
  9. Madhumalati
  10. Premawati
  11. Padmawati
  12. Keertiwati
  13. Trilochani
  14. Trilochana
  15. Anoopwati
  16. Sundarwati
  17. Satyawati
  18. Rooprekha
  19. Tara
  20. Chandrajyoti
  21. Anurodhwati
  22. Anuprekha
  23. Karunawati
  24. Chitrakala
  25. Jailakshmi
  26. Vidhyawati
  27. Jagajyoti
  28. Manmohini
  29. Vaidehi
  30. Roopwati
  31. Kaushalya
  32. Bhanumati
Having listed these names, I should point out that these are not based on the version that I have read. The version I had was one published by Dheeraj Pocket Books and some of the names were missing from this version. On googling around, I came across another list of names; this particular version was published by Manoj Publications and had names of all 32 fairies. However when I tried to compare the names I found that some of them mismatched in sequence, further some of the names which were quoted in one were not to be found in the other. Finally my curiosity and Google power prevailed and I came across the 1920 version of Brijvallabh Hariprasad in Native Opinion Publication. This and several other great works of Indian literature are available on Digital Library of India. I am sure curious readers and Hindi enthusiasts will find this information useful, perhaps someone will also take up the cause and start a Wikipedia Article :)

6 comments:

Vishva said...

It was Vijendra Ghatge

Balaji R Sharma said...

Dun remember the publishing house but there was one 6-book series that covered the story of the 32 figurines. Almost felt sorry for Raja Bhoj towards the end.

And there was Chandamama, another treasurehouse for ancient Indian tales - mythical and otherwise. Trainrides lasting days spent devouring these books and more.. miss those days.

Keep googling, and keep digging saar. Need more.

Rishi said...

It is my abiding ambition to buy all the Amar Chitra Katha's(esp the
Hindi ones) and then make bootleg copies and give them away to children.What better an education about India can there be?

Frikkin 30 rupees for one comic book,who are they targetting. ^*&$*%&$%^s

BLUEGUITAR said...

Ha ha ha, Rishi Bhai, may be ppl in america like u :)

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