Prelims 2021

Q. With reference to the history of ancient India, Bhavabhuti, Hastimalla and Kshemeshvara were famous

a) Jain monks
b) playwrights
c) temple architects
d) philosophers
Correct Answer: b) playwrights

Question from UPSC Prelims 2021 GS Paper

Explanation : 

Bhavabhuti (c. 7th-8th century CE) was a celebrated Indian playwright and poet, known for his Sanskrit plays. He was not a Jain monk; rather, he is believed to have been a Brahmin, possibly associated with the Vidarbha region. Bhavabhuti’s most famous works include “Malatimadhava,” “Mahaviracharita,” and “Uttararamacharita,” which are considered masterpieces of Sanskrit literature. His plays are known for their sophisticated use of the Sanskrit language and their deep emotional impact.

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