📙 The Kama Sutra

Kama Sutra (1883)

In Our Time
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The Kama Sutra, one of the most celebrated and often misunderstood texts of Indian literature is discussed in this BBC Radio 4 podcast
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Probably composed during the reign of the Gupta dynasty around 1800 years ago, the Kama Sutra is a collection of writings about the art of love and sensual pleasure. Although it is best known today for a single chapter devoted to sexual pleasure, this important Sanksrit collection contains much besides. In particular it teaches the attainment of Kama (pleasure), one of the central goals of Hinduism. The Kama Sutra is a manual to a life of fulfilment, offering advice on such subjects as finding a spouse and how to behave in marriage; it has had a profound influence on Indian culture and thought.
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— Host, Melvyn Bragg, discuses this topic with Julius Lipner Professor of Hinduism and the Comparative Study of Religion at the University of Cambridge, Jessica Frazier Lecturer in Religious Studies at the University of Kent and, David Smith Reader in South Asian Religions at the University of Lancaster (recorded in 2012).