1. Chandassara (ಛಂದಸ್ಸಾರ)
  2. CandassAra
  3. Gunachandra
  4. 17th Century, Approximately 1650 A.D.
  5. Prosody
  6. ‘Chandassara’ by Gunachandra, a Jaina scholar is a short treatise on Kannada prosody, essentially imitating the model of the Sanskrit work ‘Vrutta Ratnakara’ by Kedarabhatta. It contains five chapters (adhikarana) pertaining to various aspects of Kannada prosody. The first chapter gives some elementary information such as laghu, guru, gana, and yathi. Second chapter is focussed on ‘Shatpadi’ a verse in six lines. Gunachandra has given the names of various types of Shatpadi with suitable illustrations. A mention is made of other prosodic forms such as ‘Aryaa’, ‘Geetike’ and “Kanda Padya’ in the same chapter. Third chaptr is devoted to ‘Akshara Vruttas’ that are adapted from Sanskrit and some specfic meters are dealt with in detail. Fourth chapter is related to metrical forms following ‘Matra Gana Chandassu’. This gives detailed information about various verses that are used in Kannada such as dandaka, vaitaleeya, anushtup etc. The concluding chapter discusses the concept of ‘Tala’(tALa) and ends with a brief introduction to ‘dvipadi’, ‘trivuDe’, ‘ragaLe’, ‘sIsa padya’ and ‘lAvaLi. (Ni) It is a matter for concern that the author does not make any mention of ‘Amsha Gana Chandassu’ which forms the basis of indigenous Kannada prosody. This is a reasonably good successor to ‘Chandombudhi’ in spite of its brevity.   
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  10. ‘The Essence of Prosody’



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