Sanskrit Poets of India
Banabhatta, the First Sanskrit Dramatist
A great sanskrit poet of India, Banabhatta was born around the 7th century in a village in India. Born in a Brahman family, he was a poor but clever child. Even during his childhood, he showed signs of great potential and finished his education with much dedication and hard work. He was the son of a learned Brahman and went on to become one of the greatest poets of India. He served at the court of King Harshavardhana of Kanauj. The life history of Banabhatta is very interesting and he went on to become a renowned Sanskrit scholar. The biography of Banabhatta is a pleasure to read and know about.
This poetic genius wrote one of the most famous and earliest novels, known as "Kadambari". It is a biographical work of Harsha and Kadambari. A very famous Sanskrit pun about Kadambari is as follows:
"Kadambari Rasajnaanaam aahaaropi na rochate"
This means that while one reads the Kadambari, one becomes so engrossed in it that even food is forgotten. It is a very famous oratory pun used in Sanskrit.