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Indian literature is one of the oldest languages in the world. In Indian literature oral and written forms are both important and Hindu literary traditions dominate a large part of early literature. India has 22 officially recognized languages and a huge body of literature is produced in each of these languages.

Most of the early Indian literature is written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Pali script. The most famous works in Sanskrit are the Hindu Holy texts like Vedas, Upanishads, and Manusmriti. The great epics are Ramayana and Mahabharata. Panini`s Ashtadhyayi standardized Sanskrit grammar and phonetics. Kalidasa is a pioneer of Sanskrit literature - Shakuntala and Meghdutum are his famous plays. Other playwrights are Shudrak who wrote Mricchakatika, Bhasa who composed Svapna Vasavadattam. Chanakya`s Arthshastra and Vatsysyana`s Kamasutra are landmarks of Sanskrit.

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