Hema Saraswati

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Hema Saraswati
Native name
হেম সৰস্বতী

Hema Saraswati (Assamese: হেম সৰস্বতী) (fl. late 14th century) was amongst the earliest known Assamese writers, most known for his poem, Prahlada Charita, the earliest known poetic work in Assamese language.[1] He was court poet under the patronage of Kamtapur's King Durlabh Narayan of Kamata Kingdom, who also provided patronage to his contemporary, Harivara Vipra.[2] He wrote Prahlada Charita based on a story found in Vayu Purana and Har-Gauri-Sambaad, a version of Kumarasambhava by Kalidasa.[3][4]

His concurrent writers are Rudra Kandali, Kobiranta Saraswati, Madhav Kandali, Horibor Bipro etc., who gave a strong initial base to Assamese Literature.


  1. ^ Kloss, p. 37
  2. ^ Assamese Literature Directorate of Information, Govt. of Assam.
  3. ^ Mukherjee, p. 133
  4. ^ Das, p. 215


  • Heinz Kloss; Grant D. McConnell; Université Laval (1978). The Written languages of the world: a survey of the degree and modes of use, Volume 2, Book 1. Presses Université Laval. ISBN 2-7637-7186-6.
  • Neog, Maheswar, ed. (1997), Sanchayana, Delhi: Sahitya Akademi, pp. ixx–xx, 8–11, 437
  • Sujit Mukherjee (1999). A Dictionary of Indian Literature: Beginnings-1850 (Volume 1). Orient Blackswan. ISBN 81-250-1453-5.
  • Sisir Kumar Das (2006). A History of Indian literature, 500-1399: from courtly to the popular. Sahitya Akademi. ISBN 81-260-2171-3.

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