Amaruka - Makers of Indian Literature

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Item Code: IDE090
Author: N. P. Unni
Language: English
Edition: 2002
ISBN: 8126012390
Pages: 62
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 8.2" X 5.3"
Weight 100 gm
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Amaruka (A.D.800-A.D.900), one of the greatest lyrical poets of all time, wrote Amarukshataka. It is one of the finest lyrics of love in Sanskrit literature. About the authorship of Amarukshataka, various traditional stories are told. One is that Amarukshataka was composed by Sankaracharya who has entered the body of king Amaruka, who expired during his trip to northern countries for Digvijaya. Another is that Amaruka was a king who flourished somewhere in North India. He had a hundred ladies in his harem and each day he composed a verse for the lady with whom he spent that day. Amaruka has the distinction of having at least eight royal commentators and three more works that explain the poem.

Amaruka's stanzas on love are often voluptuous, but they can humorously tender, and always show a sound understanding of feminine psychology. Amaruka loved to describe a poignant moment in a human relationship in a single verse, in which the reader is given only the climax of the story, the reconstruction of the rest being left to his imagination.


About the Author:


Dr. N.P. Unni (b.1936), writer of the present monograph is a renowned scholar in Sanskrit. Worked as a Professor and Head of the Sanskrit Department, University of Kerala. Presently, he is the Vice Chancellor of Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady, Kerala.




1. Identity 7
2. The Text Tradition 22
3. Commentaries and Commentators 25
4. The Hundred Poems of Amaru 30
5. Lyric par excellence of love 57
6. Popularity of the Work 61
  Bibliography 63

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