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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 displaying their intellectual valour. Historically

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महाकविवृष श्रीमन् गमनं कुत्र तेऽधुना ? कविलोककुटुम्बस्य कामधेनो त्वदन्तिके || Śrīmadajjāḍa Ādibhaṭla Nārāyaṇa-dāsa was a very talented person from Andhra, who lived in the early 19th century. He was self-taught and well-versed in several art-forms. No one could match his expertise in music (vocal and instrumental), literature, dance, and knowledge of multiple languages and

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The epics and mythology of a culture deeply influence art and literature. This is pronounced in the case of India, as our heritage still has the unbroken, living tradition of the sublime epics and their fascinating stories. For close to three millennia, our culture has drawn inspiring themes from these

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कणभयिताहे तर्के फणभयिताहे सुशब्दगणनोर्दके | मन्दरवृत्तं वर्ते श्रुत्यंतसुधाम्बुधौ महागर्ते ||   Kirīṭapati Veṅkaṭācārya was a prominent scholar who lived in the province of Surapura in Karnataka during the eighteenth-nineteenth centuries. He was the author of several works, a master of puns and alliterations and a prolific writer. It used to be said that

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