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Kavya (or Kāvya; Sanskrit: काव्य, IAST: kāvyá) refers to the Sanskrit literary style used by Indian court poets flourishing from the first half of the seventh century AD. This literary style is characterised by abundant usage of figures of speech, metaphors, similes, and hyperbole to create its emotional effects. The result is a short lyrical work, court epic, narrative or dramatic work. "Kavya" can refer to the style or the completed body of literature. Asvaghosa (c. 80-150 AD), a philosopher and poet considered the father of Sanskrit drama, is attributed with first using the word.

Jatasimhanandi, a Jain monk from Karnataka, was the author of several kāvya poetic works, including the adventure narrative of Varangacharita.[1]


  • Kavya. (2007). In Encyclopædia Britannica Online.


  • Indian Kavya Literature, A.K. Warder, South Asia Books, 1989

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