Alankara-sudhanidhi
Let us now examine some of the salient features of Poetics expounded by Alaṅkāra-sudhānidhi. 4.2. Poet and Poetry The Indian aesthetic tradition holds rasa as the raison d’être of poetry. However, it sees no difference between the joy and education that rasa provides.[1] Alaṅkāra-sudhānidhi agrees with this view but considers education as an additional benefit derived out of enjoying rasa. Using a memorable example, it says: “Deriving upadeśa...
Alankara-sudhanidhi
3. Nature of the Text, Authorship Problems In section 2.2 we have observed that Sāyaṇācārya stayed in Udayagiri and acted as the minister to Kampaṇa I and Saṅgama II during 1345–1365 CE, and that he shifted to Vijayanagara later. Saṅgama II ascended the throne in 1355 CE. Going by these details we infer that Sāyaṇācārya must have authored Alaṅkāra-sudhānidhi during his stay at Udayagiri, perhaps after 1355 CE, close to 1365 CE.[1] After Saṅgama...
Alankara-sudhanidhi
2. The Author 2.1. Lineage, Teachers Sāyaṇācārya was the second son of a pious brāhmaṇa couple, Śrīmatī and Māyaṇa. He belonged to the Bhāradvāja-gotra, Bodhāyana-sūtra and Yajuśśākhā. Traditional belief holds that Sāyaṇācārya’s family hailed from the Hoysaḻa-karṇāṭaka sect of brāhmaṇas. People of this denomination were largely concentrated in South-western Karnataka, in districts such as Hassan, Shimoga and Chikmagalur in the Malnad region.[1...
Alankara-sudhanidhi
[We take great pleasure in commencing a series on Alaṅkāra-sudhānidhi, a Sanskrit treatise on Poetics authored by Sāyaṇācārya. The text is critically edited for the first time by Śatāvadhānī Dr. R Ganesh and Shashi Kiran B N, and will be published by the Oriental Research Institute, Mysuru. This series constitutes a major portion of the editors’ introduction to Alaṅkāra-sudhānidhi. We thank Dr. D P Madhusudan Acharya, the Director of Oriental...