[INDOLOGY] Satirical criticism in Sanskrit literature and philosophy?

Andrew Ollett andrew.ollett at gmail.com
Fri Jan 9 01:11:47 UTC 2015

i would include haribhadra's dhurtakhyana (mutatis mutandis
sanskrit/prakrit) and the mattavilasa, and for that matter most prakaranas.
On Jan 8, 2015 7:23 PM, "Jan E.M. Houben" <jemhouben at gmail.com> wrote:

> Dear List Members,
> In order to pay a tribute to freedom of critical expression my Master
> course "Sanskrit, scientific and philosophical lingua franca" will in the
> following weeks, as it did yesterday, focus on
> Satirical criticism in Sanskrit literature and philosophy
> Without trying to be in any way complete I propose that the work of the
> following authors can be regarded as, to some extent at least, belonging in
> this category:
> Bhartrhari the poet/subhasita collector, Jayarasi, Ksemendra.
> Part of Bhavabhuuti's Maalatiimaadhava reads as satirical criticism on
> Kapaalikas.
> Now my question: ARE THERE ANY OTHER STRONG (extensive) EXAMPLES?
> Satire in Indian literature? WHAT is usually criticized?
> Satire in Indian philosophy? Criticism of WHAT? (Tattvopaplavasimha: of
> all philosophical-religious "truths" without trying to establish one's own).
> Writing satirical criticism in Sanskrit in a manuscript is not the same as
> expressing such criticism in the most accessible "language" thinkable:
> comics published in a weekly.
> HOW was satirical criticism in ancient, classical India RECEIVED?
> Did anyone suffer on account of critical views expressed in Sanskrit? Or
> only when it was
> expressed in a more popular language like Hindi (Kabir)?
> Best,
> jan houben
> Prof. Dr. Jan E.M. Houben,
> Directeur d Etudes « Sources et Histoire de la Tradition Sanskrite »
> Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Sciences historiques et philologiques,
> Sorbonne – 54, rue Saint-Jacques
> CS 20525 – 75005 Paris – France.
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