Avantisundarikatha, Avantisundarīkathā, Avantisundari-katha: 1 definition


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Kavya (poetry)

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Avantisundarīkathā (अवन्तिसुन्दरीकथा) (“the story of the beautiful lady from Avanti”) or Avantisundarī is another work attributed to Daṇḍin. Like the Daśakumāracarita this is in prose, but is even more fragmentarily preserved: the two surviving manuscripts break off early in the text. A later Sanskrit poem, the Avantisundarīkathāsāra (Gist of the Story of the Beautiful Lady from Avanti) seems to have summarised the full story, and its surviving portion covers more of the story, and more again is preserved in a thirteenth-century Telugu translation. These texts overlap significantly with the stories in the Daśakumāracarita. Precisely how the Daśakumāracarita and the Avantisundarī originally related is unclear. Although many have argued that the two must have been composed by different people, the Avantisundarī too is “unmistakably ascribed to Daṇḍin by its colophons and by later sources”.

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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