King Harsha, who reigned over the kingdom of Kanauj from 606 to 647 CE, composed two Sanskrit plays about the mythical figures of King Udayana, his queen, Vasava*datta, and two of his co-wives. The plays abound in mistaken identities, both political and erotic. The characters masquerade as one another and, occasionally, as themselves, and each play refers simultaneously to itself and to the other.
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Wendy Doniger is Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Chicago. She has also translated The Kama*sutra (with Sudhir Kakar), The Rig Veda: An Anthology, Hindu Myths: A Sourcebook and The Laws of Manu (with Brian K. Smith), and is the author of nine more books about Indian culture.