Śūdraka

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Śūdraka (Shudraka) was an Indian king, playwright and novelist.[1] Three Sanskrit plays are ascribed to him - Mricchakatika (The Little Clay Cart), Vinavasavadatta, and a bhana (short one-act monologue), Padmaprabhritaka.[2][1] Sudraka has been identified as the pen name of an Abhira king from the third century CE, either Indranigupta,[3] or Shivadatta, father of Ishvarasena.[4]

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  1. ^ a b Banerjee, Biswanath (1999). Shudraka. Makers of Indian Literature. New Delh, India: Sahitya Academy. p. 4. ISBN 81-260-0697-8. 
  2. ^ Bhattacharji, Sukumari History of Classical Sanskrit Literature, Sangam Books, London, 1993, ISBN 0-86311-242-0, p.93
  3. ^ Warder, Anthony Kennedy (1990). "Chapter XX: Drama in the +3 ; Śūdraka; Contemporary Lyric Poetry". Indian Kāvya Literature, Volume 3 (second ed.). Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass. p. 3. ISBN 81-208-0448-1. 
  4. ^ Banerjee 1999, p. 9 citing Konow, Sten (1920). Das Indische Drama (in German). Berlin: Walter de Gruyter. p. 57. 

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  • Ryder, Arthur William. Translator. The Little Clay Cart (Mrcchakatika): A Hindu Drama attributed to King Shudraka, Cambridge, Ma: Harvard University Press, 1905.

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