Shakuntala
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Given Name SHAKUNTALA
GENDER: Feminine
USAGE: Indian
OTHER SCRIPTS: शकुन्तला (Hindi, Sanskrit)
Meaning & History
Derived from Sanskrit शकुन्त (shakunta) meaning "bird". This is the name of the main character in the 5th-century play 'Abhijnanashakuntalam' by Kalidasa. It tells how Shakuntala, who was raised in the forest by birds, meets and marries the king Dushyanta. After a curse is laid upon them Dushyanta loses his memory and they are separated, but eventually the curse is broken after Shakuntala shows the king the ring he gave her.