c.595 - c.655
Banabhatta was one of the foremost poets of India and his biography of king Harsha is being held as an excellent example of the best Sanskrit prose.
Bana came from an illustrious family of Brahmins. He travelled a good deal in his youth, and ended up at the court of king Harsha, who was the ruler of a northern Indian empire (606 - 647).
His two most important works are 'Harsacarita' (Deeds of Harsa)
and 'Kadambari' which is a romatic love story.