Indian Writers in English

Though foreign in its origin, English has been adopted in India as a language of education and literary expression besides being an important medium of communication amongst the people of various regions. The beginning of Indian literature in English is traced to the...

Kashmiri Literature

The earliest use of Kashmiri in literature is found in Kalhana’s ‘Rajatarangini’ (12th century A.D.) in which a three-word phrase of Kashmiri Apabhramsa was used. However, the earliest composition in Kashmiri appears to be the ‘Mahanayaprakasa’ of Sitikantha Acharya ,...

Malayalam Literature

It is widely agreed that prior to the 15th century the Malayalam literature consisted of three streams: (i) the pure or Pacha Malayalam without any admixture of Tamil or Sanskrit words (e.gs: Bhadrakali Pattu and Pulluvan Pattu); (ii) Malayalam with free usage of...

Manipuri Literature

Written Manipuri literature began around 10th century A.D. and early Manipuri literature mainly consisted of folk and religious poetry. Some of the earliest prose works in Manipuri are ‘Numit Kappa’ (10th century), ‘Naotinkhon Phambal Kaba’ (16-17th century), ‘Lethak...

Marathi Literature

Although the history of Marathi language can be traced back to the 8th century, the earliest extant written work appeared only in the 11th century . The Yadava dynasty (1189-1320 A.D.) contributed greatly towards the origin and growth of Marathi literature. The...

Oriya Literature

Sarala-dasa (Sidheswar Panda) of the 14th century was the first great poet of Oriya, who wrote the ‘Chandi Purana’ and the ‘Vilanka Ramayana’. ‘Rama-bibha’, written by Arjuna-dasa, is the first long poem in Oriya language. The Oriya literature was distinctly religious...
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