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By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Dandin, DaNDin, Dandin

Sanskrit or sanskṛta is not only an ancient language but also very rich in its various aspects of grammar, poetics and literature. Daṇḍin[1] was one of the earliest writers on poetics. He probably lived in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra. Three works are attributed to him. They are:

  1. Kāvyādarśa - It is poetics
  2. Daśa-kumāracarita - It is a collection of romantic tales
  3. Chandoviciti - It is prosody


  1. He lived in 6th century A. D.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore