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oIndian Literature is one of the oldest
and richest literatures around the
world.
oThe Indian Constitution recognizes
22 o...
Oral
Literature
The first Indian literary
work was a collection of
Sanskrit hymns that was
orally transmitted
The so-called Vedas which
were either sung, recited
and thought by the
Indians.
Sanskrit
Literature
•Sanskrit- is the primary sacred language
of Hinduism, a philosophical language in
Buddhism, Hinduism ...
•Aryans, nomadic cattle herders
produced a literature written in a
language.
•Sanskrit literature is divided into:
 Religious text
-The Vedas
- Brahmanas-prose text about
sacrificial rituals
- Aryan...
Heroic Texts
- Ramayana -an epic by Valmiki about a
perfect prince, perfect wife
- Mahabharata- an extremely long epic
of...
Classical Sanskrit
Literature
•Started with the flowering of the
Gupta dynasty
•Reflected values of Hinduism
•Languages used were Sanskrit
and Prakrit
•Influenced by the Caste system
•Motifs were largely based on
religion, mytholog...
Medieval
Literature
•Unique version of local myths,
legends, romances and epics
emerged
•Islamic dynasties conquered many
...
Colonial Period To
Independence
•The era wherein European traders
reached and colonized the Indian
subcontinent
•The Liter...
Indian literature is based on
piety, a deeply religious
[CHARACTERISTICS OF INDIAN LITERATURE]
[CHARACTERISTICS OF INDIAN LITERATURE]
Indian literary masterpieces are
written in epic form.
Introduction to Indian Literature
Introduction to Indian Literature
Introduction to Indian Literature
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Introduction to Indian Literature

  1. 1. oIndian Literature is one of the oldest and richest literatures around the world. oThe Indian Constitution recognizes 22 official languages. Each language has its regional literature
  2. 2. Oral Literature The first Indian literary work was a collection of Sanskrit hymns that was orally transmitted
  3. 3. The so-called Vedas which were either sung, recited and thought by the Indians.
  4. 4. Sanskrit Literature •Sanskrit- is the primary sacred language of Hinduism, a philosophical language in Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism - Literally means refined, adorned and/or highly decorated
  5. 5. •Aryans, nomadic cattle herders produced a literature written in a language.
  6. 6. •Sanskrit literature is divided into:  Religious text -The Vedas - Brahmanas-prose text about sacrificial rituals - Aryanakas -discussion and interpretation of dangerous rituals
  7. 7. Heroic Texts - Ramayana -an epic by Valmiki about a perfect prince, perfect wife - Mahabharata- an extremely long epic of Vyasal
  8. 8. Classical Sanskrit Literature •Started with the flowering of the Gupta dynasty •Reflected values of Hinduism
  9. 9. •Languages used were Sanskrit and Prakrit •Influenced by the Caste system •Motifs were largely based on religion, mythology and heroism
  10. 10. Medieval Literature •Unique version of local myths, legends, romances and epics emerged •Islamic dynasties conquered many territories
  11. 11. Colonial Period To Independence •The era wherein European traders reached and colonized the Indian subcontinent •The Literature in this time combined the classical Indian literature with the European style of writing
  12. 12. Indian literature is based on piety, a deeply religious [CHARACTERISTICS OF INDIAN LITERATURE]
  13. 13. [CHARACTERISTICS OF INDIAN LITERATURE] Indian literary masterpieces are written in epic form.

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