Sarala Dasa

(15th-Century / Jagatsinghpur, Orissa / India)

Sarala Dasa
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Sarala Dasa or Sarala Das (Oriya: ସାରଳା ଦାସ) was a 15th-century poet and scholar of Oriya literature. Best known for three Oriya books - Mahabharata, Vilanka Ramayana and Chandi Purana - he was the first scholar to write in Oriya. As an originator of Oriya literature, his work has formed an enduring source of information for succeeding generations.


The life of Sarala Dasa is obscure. He was born at Kanakavati Patana, known as Kanakapura, one of the Sidhikshetras in Jagatsinghpur District. Though the date of his birth cannot be accurately determined, he can safely be placed on the second half of the 15th century AD.

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