In the long list of the works on Sanskrit poetics, Vyaktiviveka of Rajanaka Mahimabhatta holds a highly prestigious position. The author had the purpose behind the composition of the work to demolish the theory of dhvani propounded by the Dhvanikara who appeared two or three centuries earlier. The very name of Vyaktiviveka implies that in it theory of vyakti or vyanjana established in the Dhvanyaloka has been thoroughly considered. The work, according to Dr. S. K. De, is "undoubtedly a masterpiece of scholastic argumentation, exhibiting much fastidious criticism and great learning of a miscellaneous kind." So far as I know, no complete and satisfactory translation of the Vyaktiviveka he been attempted at by any one belonging to our scholarly world.
Pro. Ramaranjan Mukherji a brilliant star on the Sanskrit poetic firmament and the instrument in introducing DSA (Sanskrit) to Jadavpur University, has kindly presented us with this ornamental translation with an elaborate exposition of the fine product of the scholastic age. The members of the DSA (Sanskrit) of Jadavpur University cannot but express deep gratitude and high regard for Prof. Mukherji. Thanks are due to Sri Debashis Bhattacharjee of Sanskrit Pustak Bhandar and Sri Mithu Rakshit of Sanskrit Sahitya Parishat for their full co-operation in bringing out this book.
July 5, 2004
Manabendu BanerjeeCo-ordinator, DSA (Sanskrit)Jadavpur University
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