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There are many anecdotes associated with the life and works of Veṅkaṭanātha, a poet and tārkika (logician), popularly known as Vedānta-deśika. Some of them, though fabricated, are good entertainers. Among these is the debate between Vedānta-deśika and Ḍiṇḍima-bhaṭṭa, which is in the form of verses

The word ‘karma’ means ‘activity.’ In a narrower sense, it can also mean the Vedic rituals of yajña and yāga, building of socially useful amenities such as lake and ponds, and observance of pūjā and rituals that are prescribed in the Purāṇas, Smṛtis, and Āgamas.

It is impossible for anyone to observe the unobstructed flow of literary tradition across India through the ages. Also since most of the endeavours are at the level of an individual or a close-knit team, a consolidated knowledge about this is difficult. So I can

The credit for the first ever literary characterization of humour as a Rasa (hāsya-rasa), and according it, its rightful place, goes to the Sanskrit ālaṅkārikas, scholars who specialize in the study of literary embellishments and undertake critical investigation of literature. The Nāṭya-śāstra of Bharata was

संहितात्मकमिदं जगत् । संहिता नाम कश्चन समूहो यत्र नैकानि द्रव्याणि परस्परं संनिकृष्टानि। “परः संनिकर्षः संहिता” इतीदं पाणिनिमहर्षिभिः सन्दृब्धं सूत्रमत्रावधेयम् । यद्यपि समूह-समुदाय-संमेलनादयः शब्दा अमुमेवार्थं प्रकटीकुर्वन्ति तथापि गहनार्थगर्भितविषयाणां प्रस्तावनावसरे संहिताशब्दप्रयोग एवाभ्यर्हिततमः । अयमेव हि साम्प्रदायिको नयः । यत्र नैकद्रव्याणां समवायो दृश्यते, यत्र पुनस्तानि द्रव्याण्येकीभूय स्वीयकर्मसु प्रवृत्तानि दृश्यन्ते

ಸಾಮಾನ್ಯವಾಗಿ “ಕಾವ್ಯನ್ಯಾಯ”ದ (Poetic Justice) ಗೀಳಿರುವ ಕವಿ-ಕಥಕರಿಗೆ ರಾಮಾಯಣ-ಮಹಾಭಾರತಗಳಂಥ ವೈಶ್ವಿಕಮಹಾಕಾವ್ಯಗಳ “ದುಷ್ಟ”ಪಾತ್ರಗಳಿಗೂ “ದುರದೃಷ್ಟವಂತ”ಪಾತ್ರಗಳಿಗೂ ತಮ್ಮ ವಿನೂತನಪ್ರತಿಭಾಬಲದಿಂದ ಯುಕ್ತರೀತಿಯ “ನ್ಯಾಯ”ವನ್ನು ಸಲ್ಲಿಸಬೇಕೆಂದೂ ತನ್ಮೂಲಕ ಅವರಿಗೆ ವ್ಯಾಸ-ವಾಲ್ಮೀಕಿಗಳಿಂದಲೋ ಅವರನ್ನು ಒಪ್ಪಿದ ಸಹೃದಯ-ವಿಮರ್ಶಕಸಮೂಹದಿಂದಲೋ ಆದ “ಅನ್ಯಾಯ”ವನ್ನು ನೇರ್ಪುಗೊಳಿಸಬೇಕೆಂದೂ ಹಪಹಪಿಕೆಯಿರುತ್ತದೆ. ಈ ತುಡಿತವು ಅದೆಷ್ಟೋ ಬಾರಿ ಆ ಮಹಾಕೃತಿಗಳ “ಶಿಷ್ಟ”ಪಾತ್ರಗಳನ್ನೂ “ಅದೃಷ್ಟವಂತ”ಪಾತ್ರಗಳನ್ನೂ ಕೀಳ್ಗರೆದು, ಮೂಲದ ಕಥಾಕ್ರಮವನ್ನೇ ತಿರುಚಿ, ತನ್ನಿಚ್ಛೆಯನ್ನು ಸಾಧಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳಬೇಕೆಂಬ ರಸಮಾರಕವಾದ ತೆವಲಿನ ಮಟ್ಟಕ್ಕೆ ಜಾರುವುದೂ ಉಂಟು. ಭಾಸನವೆನ್ನಲಾದ ಪ್ರತಿಮಾ-ಅಭಿಷೇಕ-ಬಾಲಚರಿತ-ಪಂಚರಾತ್ರ-ಕರ್ಣಭಾರ-ಊರುಭಂಗಗಳಂಥ