kalidas Kalidasa (AD 350-600) the greatest of the Sanskrit dramatists, and the first great name in Sanskrit literature after Ashvaghosha. But nothing that could compare with the maturity and excellence of Kalidasa’s poetry. His great works are Shaakuntal, Malavikaagnimitra, Vikramorvashi, Meghaduuta, and Rituu-samhaara; (Seasonal Cycle).He became the most brilliant of the `nine gems’ at the court of Vikramaditya of Ujjain. Kalidasa was well acquainted with contemporary sciences and arts, including politics and astronomy. Dr S. Radhakrishnan says, “Whichever date we adopt for him we are in the realm of reasonable conjecture and nothing more”.