Years of birth and death unknown. Indian scholar of the second half of the seventh century.
Bhamaha was the author of the treatise Poetic Ornamentation (in six parts), written in verse form. This work is primarily devoted to the description of various rhetorical figures (upama —simile, anuprasa—alliteration, and others) and the analysis of the excellences of poetic discourse (guna) and style (riti). Bhamaha was the most prominent representative of the so-called alamkara school of Indian poetry, which considered the rhetorical figure (alamkara) to be the heart of the poetic work.
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