Sunday, November 21, 2010

Vasavadatta of Subandhu

Subandhu is one of the greatest writers of Sanskrit prose literature. There is a divergence of opinions among the experts about the exact dating of this great prose writer who is known for his ornate style. However, taking into account the different sources we can come to the conclusion that he probably flourished in the late 6th and early 7th century AD.

Subandhu is known by his only work, named after its heroine Vasavadatta. Vasavadatta tells of the vicissitudes of her love for the prince Kandarpaketu. The story of Vasavadatta, however, ends on a happy note.This masterpiece of Sanskrit prose literature is perhaps the first work in the language that has referred to Chess or similar game. Subanndhu is the master of the language.

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