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Ba-n.abhat.t.a, also known as Ba-n.a, was a Sanskrit scholar of 7th century India. He was the "Asthana Kavi" --"Court Poet"-- in the court of King Harshavardhana, who reigned in the years c. 606-647 CE in north India. Ba-na's works include a biography of Harsha, Harsha Charita, and one of the world's earliest novels, Ka-dambari. ("Ka-dambari" is the name of the heroine of the novel, "Ka-dambari".)

Ba-na was born in the village of Preetikoot in a Maga Brahmin family of Va-tsya-yana clan. Chitrabha-nu and Ra-jdevi were the names of his father and mother, respectively. Chitrabha-nu expired when Bana was 14, Ra-jdevi having expired even earlier.

There is a well-known, interesting statement in Sanskrit, involving a play on words: Ka-dambari rasajna-na-m a-ha-ropi na rochate. It can be read to mean "While savoring (the contents of) 'Ka-dambari', readers do not find interest in (eating) food", or "Oh, Ka-dambari, while savoring liquor, people do not find interest in (eating) food".



 

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