Overview for Dasakumara Charita: Adventures of the Ten Princes
The Dasakumaracharita is a katha type of prose-poetic of romance written by Dandin. Avoiding the highly styled prose of Banabhatta, he found inspiration in the Brhatkatha to write on social themes embodying tales of adventure and romance of the ten princes, who are the heroes of this work. The framework of the narratives is simple. It relates to ten princes, sons of ministers included, who got separated with a plan to meet at Ujjayini again. Dandin shows in this romance great powers of characterisation as also he draws realistic scenes of life. His style is easy and unaffected and full of wit and humour.
Dandin of 7th Century was not only a poet and literary theorist of repute but a prose-writer of a high order. The view that Dandin was a resident of Kanchi, that he flourished under the Pallava kings, and that Ratnavarman (or Rajavarman) referred to by him is a Pallava prince, is based not on very firm ground. Dandin is reputed for his elegant use of words (padalalitya) ad is the precursor of the Riti school which was developed by Vamana. His most outstanding contribution to poetics is the concept of Guna. In his definition of poetry, Dandin gives more importance to the word-element. The Dashakumaracharita was considered as his second work.