Dates of birth and death unknown. Ancient Indian poet.

Gunadhya wrote in the paisaci language. His fairy tale epos, Brhatkatha (The Great Tale. c. fifth-sixth centuries A.D.), is a digest of ancient Indian popular literature. It includes the narrative of the adventures of Naravahanadatta, son of King Udayana. The Great Tale has come down to us in Sanskrit, in a Nepalese version (Selected Slokas from The Great Tale, by the poet Budhasvamin, eighth-ninth centuries A.D.), and in two Kashmiri versions from the 11th century (Offshoots of the Great Tale, by the poet Ksemendra. and Ocean of Story, by the poet Somadeva). The last has been translated into many modern Indian languages.


Somadeva. Povest’ o tsare Udaiane: Piat’ knig iz “Okeana skazani’t.” Moscow, 1967.


Grintser, P. A. Drevneindiiskaia proza. Moscow, 1962.
Serebriakov, 1. D. Drevneindiiskaia literatura. Moscow, 1963.
Nemichandra. Shastri. Prakrt bhasa aur sahitya ka alochnatmak itihas. Varanasi, 1966.


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There is much that is not known about this work, but it was ostensibly written by a man named Gunadhya, in a mysterious language known as Paisaci.
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He borrowed from an earlier work, now lost, the Brhat-katha ("Great Tale") by the Sanskrit writer Gunadhya, who probably had used Buddhist sources of an even earlier period.
Warder's and Sato's second intriguing suggestion concerns the relationship between the Kadambari of Bana and the Brhatkatha of Gunadhya.
practical certainty, that Bana's Kadambari, too, came into the Brhatkatha's Kashmiri recension much after the time of Gunadhya, and therefore it is Bana's original story.
93) points out that both Gunadhya and Brhatkatha are closely connected to the Saivite tradition.