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Kama Samuha of Sri Ananta Kavi

Amal Shib Pathak (Author)
Synopsis Ananta's Kama Samuha appears on page 358 Vol III. Of New Catalogus Catalogorum.  It is a later day work on Kama Shashtra.  Its distinguishing features are description of seasons, description of each and every limb of female body, besides the core topics of erotics, and lastly, the description of detachment from worldly pleasures i.e. 'Vairagya'.  These topics have been touched upon by many poets of Sanskrit literature over the centuries.  However, it is Ananta who has brought these within the fold of a work on Kama Shashtra.  Poetic description of female body might have got impetus from the decadent society of his times, which was later on picked up by poets of Hindi literature during Riti Kala which was characterized by nakhsikhvarnan of the naika smimilarly payakprashnotrashtak and a few other verses in this work which remind us of Amir Khusro (13th cen. A.D.) seem to take their origin from the then taste of the royalty and the elite.  Besides these features it has a large number of verses taken from earlier poets, which could Qualify this work as an anthology but for its focus on erotics.
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About the author

Amal Shib Pathak

Dr. Amal Shib Pathak was awarded Ph.D. by University of Lucknow on his work on “Stage and Stage-craft of Sanskrit Plays” in the year 1968. He studied under the guidance of Dr. Atul Chandra Banerjea the then Reader in the Department of Sanskrit, Pali & Prakrit of University of Lucknow, who later became the Vice-Chancellor of Faizabad University.

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Title Kama Samuha of Sri Ananta Kavi
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.07.2008
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788189798147
length 24cm.