Bukkapattanam Venkatacarya, author of 'Alankarakaustubhah' hails from Andhra, belonged to 18th C.A.D. and has authored many valuable Sanskrit works. Alankararakaustubha deals exclusively with alankaras, and is so far unpublished. It is edited by Prof. K. Hyamavathisam, a former faculty member of Vidyapeetha, based on 10 manuscripts. In the introduction the editor has elaborately discussed the origin and development of alankara sastra, the date, time and works of Venkatacarya, details of manuscripts consulted for this work, the significance of different alankaras that are mentioned in the Alankarakaustubha. The book has two indices, Index, 1 deals with alphabetical list of karikas of definitions (laksanas). Index, 2 contains an alphabetical listing of the example shlokas (udahrtapadyas) mentioned in the work. The work is sure to be of great use for students and scholars interested to know about alankaras.
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