25 Facts About Indian literature


Indian literature refers to the literature produced on the Indian subcontinent until 1947 and in the Republic of India thereafter.

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Classical Sanskrit Indian literature developed rapidly during the first few centuries of the first millennium BCE, as did the Pali Canon and Tamil Sangam Indian literature.

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In contemporary Indian literature, there are two major literary awards; these are the Sahitya Akademi Fellowship and the Jnanpith Award.

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Canonical Pali Indian literature includes Buddhist discourses, Abhidharma works, poetry, works on monastic discipline, and the Jataka tales.

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Sangam literature is the ancient Tamil literature of the period in the history of south India spanning from c 300 BCE to 300 CE.

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Indian literature's songs remain popular and are still widely sung in Bengal.

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India's only Nobel laureate in Indian literature was the Bengali writer Rabindranath Tagore, who wrote some of his work originally in English, and did some of his own English translations from Bengali.

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Nissim Ezekiel, who came from India's tiny Bene Israel Jewish community, created a voice and place for Indian literature poets writing in English and championed their work.

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In recent years, English-language writers of Indian literature origin are being published in the West at an increasing rate.

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Hindi Indian literature started as religious and philosophical poetry in medieval periods in dialects like Avadhi and Brij.

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Contemporary Kannada Indian literature has been highly successful in reaching people of all classes in society.

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Maithili Indian literature is the entire collection of poetry, novels, short stories, documents and other writings in the Maithili language.

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The history of Meitei Indian literature can be traced back to thousands of years with the flourish of Meitei civilization.

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Marathi Indian literature began with saint-poets like Dnyaneshwar, Tukaram, Ramdas, and Eknath.

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Indian literature translated and simplified many Western classics and published them in a book of stories titled Gode Goshti.

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Mizo Indian literature is the Indian literature written in Mizo ttawng, the principal language of the Mizo peoples, which has both written and oral traditions.

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Nagpuri Indian literature refers to Indian literature in the Nagpuri language, the language of Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Odisha.

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The earliest Indian literature started in the nagpuri language when the Nagvanshi king and king of Ramgarh Raj started writing poetry in the 17th century.

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The history of Tamil Indian literature follows the history of Tamil Nadu, closely following the social and political trends of various periods.

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Revival of Tamil Indian literature took place from the late 19th century when works of religious and philosophical nature were written in a style that made it easier for the common people to enjoy.

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Indian literature questioned the prevailing values and conventions and religious practices in his poems.

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Telugu Indian literature has been enriched by many literary movements, like the Veera Shaiva movement which gave birth to dwipada kavitvam.

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The earliest available Tulu Indian literature that survives to this date is the Tulu translation of the great Sanskrit epic of Mahabharata called Mahabharato.

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Some notable contributors of Tulu literature are Kayyar Kinhanna Rai, M K Seetharam Kulal, Amruta Someshwara, B A Viveka Rai, Kedambadi Jattappa Rai, Venkataraja Puninchattaya, Paltadi Ramakrishna Achar, Dr Sunitha M Shetty, Dr Vamana Nandavara, Sri.

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Arab and Persian vocabulary based on the Hindi language resulted in a vast and extremely beloved class of ghazal Indian literature, usually written by Muslims in contexts ranging from romance and society to philosophy and Tassawuf.

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