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--- I --- It could be reasonably argued that every nation that has attained and is characterized by an advanced stage of the post-industrialized democracy has killed artistic excellence in its truest sense. While a separate essay can be written examining this phenomenon, for the purposes of this article, it suffices

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Critics of Indian—particularly Kannada—literature find monotony and boredom in the rhythm of classical poetic meters[1] of Kannada and Sanskrit. They accuse our poets of the yesteryear for neither having the capacity nor showing the intent to break away from this so-called boredom. But in reality, many of our poets—however limited be

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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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इत्यर्थ-क्वथितं चैवा- प्येतिभावाख्य-तेमनम् । सज्जीकृते सुभुक्त्यर्थं तुष्यताद्भवदाशयः ॥ We have seen that Mallinatha, lost in his scholarly activities, didn’t spend quality time with his wife. Studying difficult works of shastra was his favourite pastime. This was, in a way, not unreasonable: In order to write commentaries on the works of prodigious scholar-poets like Kalidasa,

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किं वाससा चीकरिबाकिरेण किं दारुणा वङ्कर-टिङ्करेण । सर्वज्ञभूपालविलोकनार्थं वैदुष्यमेको विदुषां सहायः ॥ Mahamahopadhyaya Mallinatha Suri, the celebrated scholar, wrote commentaries on important Sanskrit kavyas. His explanation of the five epic-poems and Kalidasa’s Meghadutam are good testimonies of his scholarship. He was also a gifted poet. Raghuviracharitam and Udarakavya are his independent works.  Following the

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किमस्थिमालां किमु कौस्तुभं वा परिष्क्रियायां बहुमन्यसे त्वम् । किं कालकूटः किमु वा यशोदा- स्तन्यं तव स्वादु वद प्रभो मे ॥ Among the poets who flourished in Andhra Pradesh during the thirteenth century, kavibrahma Tikkana Somayaji is perhaps the most famous. Not only was he a great poet in Telugu, he was

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