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Why is the Vijayanagara period considered as the golden age of literature in south India? Explain.

Topic: Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.

1. Why is the Vijayanagara period considered as the golden age of literature in south India? Explain. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Tough

Reference: New Indian Express

Why the question:

While Vijayanagara Empire reached it’s literary zenith under reign of  Sri Krishna Deva Raya,  there have been many literary greats who flourished under various rulers, most of whom were patrons of  art and architecture.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about literary advancement during Vijayanagar period.

Directive word: 

Explain – Clarify the topic by giving a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the context. You must be defining key terms wherever appropriate and substantiate with relevant associated facts.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by mentioning the Vijayanagar rulers were great patrons of art and architecture.

Body:

In detail, write about development of Kannada, Telugu, Sanskrit and Tamil literature who wrote in the Jain, Virashaiva and Vaishnava traditions.

Next, write about the period produced hundreds of works on all aspects of Indian culture, religion, biographies, Prabhandas (stories), music, grammar, poetics and medicine. Mention various poets and saints and their most famous works.

Conclusion:

Conclude by summarising the about Vijayanagara period as the golden age of literature in south India.