- Indian literature has a long tradition, stretching back more than 25 centuries and encompassing hundreds of languages. The earliest extant texts are in Sanskrit, Pali, Prakrit and Tamil.
- From references in those texts, we get the impression of a complex and rich literature, encompassing many languages, styles, critiques and commentaries. This Amar Chitra Katha collection brings together a sample of the Indian literary tradition down the years.
- It starts with the works of Kalidasa, moving to Sanskrit romances of the Gupta Age, and ancient Tamil Sangam literature which was influenced by Jain and Buddhist thought.
- As language and literature evolved, each region in the country began to develop its special modes of writing and story-telling. By the nineteenth century, India was home to not one but a multitude of literature, each borrowing from, referring to, and overlapping with the others. When India came under British colonisation, English ideas began to be seen in Indian writing.
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