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Bilhana (Makers of Indian Literature)
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Preface

It is a focus on the great Sanskrit poet Bilhana for his literary achievements and contributions to enrich the cultural life in India. Even for the academic and informative purposes, a book entirely I devoted to Bilhana was essentially felt necessary. The Sahitya Akademi also wanted to present a monograph on this illustrious poet of the 11th century A.D. This will be the single book perhaps on Bilhana. I extend my thanks to the Akademi for assigning this work to me.

We can very well peep into the medieval age through Bilhana. However the contributions of Sanskrit poets are not limited to a particular age? With the literary appreciation of their works, we come to know how they have imbibed culture and enriched human mind through the ages.

Bilhana stands unique in giving the historical information in his mahakavya, the Vikramankadeva Charitam. The events mentioned by him are confirmed by history. While presenting this monograph, I remember the keen interest of my departed wife Mrs. Pramila Kawthekar in this work. She inspired me to devote my study on Bilhana. The works on the History of Sanskrit Literature and some editions of Bilhana’s works were quite useful to me. I extend my thanks to all of the authors. A thing of beauty is a joy as well as an inspiration for ever. Bilhana richly deserves the attention and appreciation.

About The Book:

Bilhana, the author of Vikramankadeva Charita - a mahakavya, Karnasundari - a natika and Chaura Panchashika- a lyrical work; was born at Khonmusha (Present Khonmuch) in Kashmir in the eleventh century A.D. The harbinger of national unity, Bilhana's Vikramankadeva Charita evinces the historical facts and biographical data of the Chalukya dynasty and of King Vikrama-VI (Tribhuvana-malla). The Karnasundari in four acts which presents the secret love-affair of the King Karna (A. D. 1064 A. D. 1074) with the princess Vidyadhari is a unique work of its kind. His Chaura Panchashika influenced and inspired other medieval Sanskrit poets to follow the Panchashika style for amorous description.

In its six chapters, the monograph presents a fascinating and detailed account of the life and literary career of Bilhana.

About The Author:

The author Professor Prabhakar Narayan Kawthekar (b. 1923) has already established himself as a successful teacher besides being known as a writer in Sanskrit. He had a brilliant besides being known as a writer in Sanskrit. He had a brilliant academic career and served as professor of Sanskrit in various government colleges from 1953 to 1981. He became the Vice-Chancellor of Vikram University, Ujjai in 1981.

Recipient of the President's Certificate of Honour, P.N. Kawthekar has more than ten publications and scores of research papers to his credit. His major works include Sanskrit Vyakarana Deepika (1967), Mekhala(Short Stories 1969) etc. At present he is serving as Director, 'Indian Tales of Wisdom' - a project of the Government of India.

CONTENTS

Prefacev
Kashmir as Sharada Desha1
Life13
Bilhana: Man and Mind31
Play and Lyric Poetry 46
The Vikramankadeva Charita60
Literary Appreciation74
Abbreviation87
Bibliography88

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Bilhana (Makers of Indian Literature)

Item Code:
IDD956
Cover:
Paperback
Edition:
1995
Publisher:
Sahitya Akademi
ISBN:
81-7201-779-0
Language:
English
Size:
8.5" X 5.5"
Pages:
95
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Preface

It is a focus on the great Sanskrit poet Bilhana for his literary achievements and contributions to enrich the cultural life in India. Even for the academic and informative purposes, a book entirely I devoted to Bilhana was essentially felt necessary. The Sahitya Akademi also wanted to present a monograph on this illustrious poet of the 11th century A.D. This will be the single book perhaps on Bilhana. I extend my thanks to the Akademi for assigning this work to me.

We can very well peep into the medieval age through Bilhana. However the contributions of Sanskrit poets are not limited to a particular age? With the literary appreciation of their works, we come to know how they have imbibed culture and enriched human mind through the ages.

Bilhana stands unique in giving the historical information in his mahakavya, the Vikramankadeva Charitam. The events mentioned by him are confirmed by history. While presenting this monograph, I remember the keen interest of my departed wife Mrs. Pramila Kawthekar in this work. She inspired me to devote my study on Bilhana. The works on the History of Sanskrit Literature and some editions of Bilhana’s works were quite useful to me. I extend my thanks to all of the authors. A thing of beauty is a joy as well as an inspiration for ever. Bilhana richly deserves the attention and appreciation.

About The Book:

Bilhana, the author of Vikramankadeva Charita - a mahakavya, Karnasundari - a natika and Chaura Panchashika- a lyrical work; was born at Khonmusha (Present Khonmuch) in Kashmir in the eleventh century A.D. The harbinger of national unity, Bilhana's Vikramankadeva Charita evinces the historical facts and biographical data of the Chalukya dynasty and of King Vikrama-VI (Tribhuvana-malla). The Karnasundari in four acts which presents the secret love-affair of the King Karna (A. D. 1064 A. D. 1074) with the princess Vidyadhari is a unique work of its kind. His Chaura Panchashika influenced and inspired other medieval Sanskrit poets to follow the Panchashika style for amorous description.

In its six chapters, the monograph presents a fascinating and detailed account of the life and literary career of Bilhana.

About The Author:

The author Professor Prabhakar Narayan Kawthekar (b. 1923) has already established himself as a successful teacher besides being known as a writer in Sanskrit. He had a brilliant besides being known as a writer in Sanskrit. He had a brilliant academic career and served as professor of Sanskrit in various government colleges from 1953 to 1981. He became the Vice-Chancellor of Vikram University, Ujjai in 1981.

Recipient of the President's Certificate of Honour, P.N. Kawthekar has more than ten publications and scores of research papers to his credit. His major works include Sanskrit Vyakarana Deepika (1967), Mekhala(Short Stories 1969) etc. At present he is serving as Director, 'Indian Tales of Wisdom' - a project of the Government of India.

CONTENTS

Prefacev
Kashmir as Sharada Desha1
Life13
Bilhana: Man and Mind31
Play and Lyric Poetry 46
The Vikramankadeva Charita60
Literary Appreciation74
Abbreviation87
Bibliography88

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Click Here for More Books Published By Sahitya Akademi

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