This book deals with the life and works of Varanasi Dharmasuri, poet, critic, poetician and philosopher who lived in the late fifteenth and sixteenth centuries in Andhra Pradesh. His Sahityaratnakara, a treatise on poetics, is perhaps the last major work on Alankara sastra barring the Rasagangadhara. It is divided into ten tarangas and arranged in the form a karika, followed by a vrtti, and then an example from the pen of the author, Dharmasuri. These examples are all in praise of Sri Rama. Two commentaries on the Sahityaratnakara, namely Nauka and Mandara, are available. In the present book, the author, Prof. B. Narasimhacharyulu discusses the identity of Dharmasuri (who later took the sannyasa asrama and the name Ramananda Sarasvati), his works, and critically appraise the work Sahityaratnakara. Prof. B Narasimhacharyulu shows the development of major concepts of Poetics from Bharata’s time to Dharmasuri and highlights where Dharmaduri agrees or differs with his predecessors and the reason thereof. The more important comparisons are summarized in tables.
The author, Prof. B. Narasimhacharyulu, a Naiyayika, an Alankarika and a Teacher, hails from an orthodox Srivaisnava family of Dharmapuri, Karimnagar. His parents are Sriman Vurugadda Rangacaryulu and Smt. Godamma. He studied Sanskrit traditionally in Sitarambagh, Hyderabad under the tutelage of Sri man Kovilkandadai Appan Sathakopa Ramanujacaryulu and Sriman Maringanti Srirangacaryulu, Later he received the B.O.L (Nyaya), M.A., and Ph. D. degrees from Osmania University, Hyderabad. He retired as the Head of Department, Sanskrit at Osmania University. He has written more than 50 research papers on topics of Alankarasastra, Nyaya, Veda.Vedanta, Sahitya and Vikarana. He translated four books into Telugu :
1. Hariscandopakhyanam from the Mirkandeya Purina,
2. Vedachintanam of Vinoba Bhave,
3. Verses for the Brave (selected verses from the Yogavasistha),
4.The _16th century _ Sanskrit _ book Yatindramatadipika of Sri man Srinivasacarya, an original and important manual of Visistadvaita.
The present book is his Ph. D. thesis.
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