Sanskrit Poets of India
Bhavabhuti, the Sanskrit poet and play writer
Bhavabhuti was an 8th century scholar of India noted for his plays and poetry, written in Sanskrit. His plays are considered equivalent to the works of Kalidas.
Bhavabhuti was born in a Deshastha Brahmin family of Padmapura, Vidarbha, central India, in Gondia district, on Maharashtra. His real name was Srikantha Nilakantha, and he was the son of Nilakantha and Jatukarni. He received is education at 'Padmapawaya', a place some 42 km SW of Gwalior. Paramhans dnyananidhi is known to be his guru. He composed his historical plays at 'Kalpi', a place on banks of river Yamuna. He is believed to have been the court poet of King Yashovarman of Kannauj. Kalhana, the 12th century historian, places him in the entourage of the king, who was defeated by Lalitaditya, King of Kashmir, in 736 AD.