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Kāvya (Sanskrit: काव्य, IAST: kāvyá) refers to the Sanskrit literary style used by Indian court poets flourishing from the first half of the seventh century AD. This literary style is characterised by abundant usage of figures of speech, metaphors, similes, and hyperbole to create its emotional effects. The result is a short lyrical work, court epic, narrative or dramatic work. "Kavya" can refer to the style or the completed body of literature. Asvaghosa (c. 80-150 AD), a philosopher and poet considered the father of Sanskrit drama, is attributed with first using the word.

Jatasimhanandi, a Jain monk from Karnataka, was the author of several kāvya poetic works, including the adventure narrative of Varangacharita.[1]


  1. ^ Nagendra Kumar Singh (2001), Encyclopaedia of Jainism, Volume 1, Anmol Publications Pvt Ltd, ISBN 81-261-0691-3, ... To the 7th century we can assign another poem written by a Digambara poet viz. the Varangacarita of Jatasimhanandi ... the Varangacarita and its author Jata Simhanandi ... The poem Varangacarita runs to 31 chapters and describes the vicissitudes of the life of prince Varanga ...


  • Indian Kavya Literature, A.K. Warder, South Asia Books, 1989

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