Author: P Sri Ramachandrudu
Publisher: Sahitya Akademi
ISBN/UPC (if available): N/A
This life sketch presents Panditaraja Jagannatha (1600 A.D.), a Sanskrit poet-critic and musician, and a court poet of the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan, who is regarded as the last of the giants of Indian poetry and poetics.
In him, all that is best, original and brilliant in the art and science of poetic genius and critical acumen have flourished and fructified in a more abundant measure than in the case of Panditaraja Jagannatha.
Though a follower of the Dhwani school of Indian poetics he was bold enough to leave the beaten track carved by the ancient rhetoricians and expound new principles of criticism.
His style is distinctive and charming, and an exquisite and harmonious blend of sound and sense. In depicting Sringara or love Jagannatha, never crosses the bounds of good taste.
His keen observation of the society, his insight into human psychology, his capacity to laugh away the human weaknesses are fully revealed in his anyoktis.
It may honesty be claimed that in the world of Sanskrit poetics we shall not perhaps look upon his like again.
3.Jagannatha’s Views on Literary Art
12.Shastraic Element in Panditaraja’s Poetry
13.Chronological Order of Jagannatha’s Works
Appendix I Select Slokas
Appendix II Roman Transliterations of Slokes cited in Text