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