Relayed from the Assembly Rooms, City Hall.
National Orchestra of Wales, conducted by Warwick Braithwaite
Sakuntala is founded on a Sanskrit drama, written some six centuries B.C.
The great King Duschjanta meets Sakuntala, daughter of a Nymph, in a sacred grove which he penetrates while hunting. He falls in love with her, and gives her a ring, with the injunction to follow him to the Palace.
After he has left her, misfortune falls on both. The King is enchanted and forgets her, while Sakuntala loses the ring when washing in the sacred river. When she comes to the Palace, the King denies her, and her mother takes her away in distress.
The ring is found by a fisherman, who brings it to the King. He at once remembers Sakuntala, makes war upon the evil spirits who have caused the trouble, rescues the maiden, and all ends happily.
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