Eight authors without whom Sanskrit literature would never be the same

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By Nithin Sridhar

Sanskrit is a very rich and colorful language. It is the mother of most of the Indian languages. William Jones once said: “The Sanskrit language, whatever be its antiquity, is of a wonderful structure; more perfect than the Greek, more copious than the Latin, and more exquisitely refined than either.” The corpus of literature written in Sanskrit is huge and vast in content and very rich in their depth.

Here is a list of eight authors whose works have enriched the language beyond measure and without whom Sanskrit would never be the same.


1. Valmiki

Valmiki is the famous author of Ramayana. Ramayana is considered as Mahakavya (great poem) as well as Itihasa (history). The story of Rama, which was first captured by Valmiki in his sublime poetry, has seen hundreds of renderings and re-tellings by others who wrote prose, composed poetry, and performed plays on Lord Rama.

The idea and ideal of Rama- the ideal human- has ruled over Indian hearts and mind for many centuries now, thanks to Valmiki. Valmiki is considered as ‘Adi-Kavi’ the first poet because it is he who introduced the literature format of Sloka.

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