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Ānandavardhana


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(9th century ce)

A Kashmiri religious poet and rasa theoretician, author of, inter alia, a linguistically highly complex prayer to the Goddess, the Devīśatakam (‘Hundred stanzas on the Goddess’), and an influential treatise on poetics, the Dhvanyāloka (‘The Mirror of Resonance’). Ānandavardhana applied Bhartṛhari's vocabulary to poetics, and, in his turn, his works became the subject of commentaries by Abhinavagupta. He developed, and was a master of, the dhvani theory of aesthetics.

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