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SANSKRIT PROSE

Sanskrit prose is fairly diverse and comprises of short stories, fables and historical texts. The Brahmanas represent the earliest specimen of Sanskrit prose. Yaska's Nirukta is an important treatise on the science of etymology. There are two types of Sanskrit prose narratives: katha (which has an imaginary plot) and akhyayika (which is based on a historical anecdote). Bana's Kadambari and Harshacharita, Subandhu's Vasavadutta, Dandin's Dasakumaracharita are the four great works in Sanskrit prose. Some other great works in Sanskrit prose include Vatsayayana's Kamasutra, Kautilya's Arthasastra and Rajasekhara's Kavyamimsa. 

The earliest known fables are Gunadhya's Brihatkatha (composed in Paisaci, an earlier form of Prakrit), Kathasaritsagara by Somadeva and Brihat-kathamanjari by Ksemendra.  The Panchatantra written by Vishnu Sharma and Hitopadesa are famous Sanskrit fables 

 



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