<![if !supportLists]>2. <![endif]>udayAdityAlankAra
<![if !supportLists]>3. <![endif]>UdayAditya (A Chola King)
<![if !supportLists]>4. <![endif]>12th Century (approximately 1150 A.D.)
<![if !supportLists]>5. <![endif]>Poetics (Alankara Shastra)
Introduction: ‘Udyadityalankara’ is a short treatise on rhetoric written by Udayaditya
who professes to be a son of a Chola king. (Somanatha) He is mentioned by succeeding
rhetoricians. This book is based on the well known ‘Kavyadarsha’ by Dandi. ( some
of the poems are mere translations) It contains 72 poems consisting of both Vruttas
and Kanda padyas. It delineates the concepts of ‘Kavyabheda’, (Categories of poetry)
‘Reethi’, (Modes of writing) Rasa, Kavyaguna and Alankara. Each poem contains both
a definition and an illustration. For instance ‘Utprekshalankara’ is defined as
attributing an alien quality to an object even though it is not true. Jasmine flowers
blossom just like that. To say that they are laughing at a person who is separated
from his beloved is ‘Utprekshe’. Udayaditya also mentions “Chattana’ and ‘Bedande’
the genres documented by Srivijaya during ninth century in his ‘Kavirajamarga’.
‘Udadityalankara’ is merely an addition to a long list of works, composed on the
model of Sanskrit adding nothing unique to the Kannada tradition.
1.1887, Padmaraja Pandita, Satsampradaya Kalanidhi Mudraksharashale,
2. 1894, M.A. Ramanuja Iyyengar and S.G.Narasimhachar,
3. 1970, M.V.Seetharamaiah, D.V.K.Murthy Prakashana,
4. 1974, B.S.Sannaiah, Prabuddha Karnataka, Vol. 56-2
5. 1996, C.Mahadevappa,
1. Shastra Sahitya, 1975, M.V.Seetharamaiah,
Many manuscripts at the Kuvempu Institute of Kannada Studies, Mysore and one each
at Digambara Jaina Shale at Mudabidri and Karnataka University, Dharwar.
of Rhetoric written by Udayaditya.