Sankardeva has six dramas, apart from Chinhayatra that is lost, to his credit. They are Kaliya-damana, Patni-prasada, Keli-Gopala, Rukmini Harana, Parijata-Harana and Rama Vijaya. It is established by scholars that all these dramas were written after Sankardeva's twelve-year stay in different cultural centres of northern India. In Bihar and Orissa particularly, during those days, the theatre on Vaishnava theme was greatly popular. It reached a high level of attainments also. Power of kaleidoscopic appraisal and psychological assessment, grasp and understanding of the theme and, above all, the depth of poetry- these qualities are all evident in Sankardeva's dramas.
Sanskrit plays are noted for their lyrical stanzas and prose passages, the latter being used mostly for dialogue. A similar technique is followed by Assamese playwrights also, particularly Sankardeva and Madhavdeva. The prose is simple and rhythmic with elegance. The lyrical stanzas are characterised by a sweep of metre that aptly expresses the wide range of feelings and sentiments. Generally perplexing in idea, Bhatimas constitute the grand theme of the play. The prose-passages are popular expositions of the high sentiment of the former.
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