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Abhinavagupta (c. 950 – 1016 CE: 27 ) was a philosopher, mystic and aesthetician from Kashmir. He was also considered an influential musician, poet, dramatist, exegete, theologian, and logician – a polymathic personality who exercised strong influences on Indian culture.Abhinavagupta was born in a Kashmiri Brahmin family of scholars and mystics and studied all the schools of philosophy and art of his time under the guidance of as many as fifteen (or more) teachers and gurus.: 35  In his long life he completed over 35 works, the largest and most famous of which is Tantrāloka, an encyclopedic treatise on all the philosophical and practical aspects of Kaula and Trika (known today as Kashmir Shaivism). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Abhinavagupta has received more than 325,240 page views. His biography is available in 27 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 26 in 2019). Abhinavagupta is the 727th most popular philosopher (down from 673rd in 2019), the 220th most popular biography from India (down from 195th in 2019) and the 29th most popular Indian Philosopher.

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Among philosophers, Abhinavagupta ranks 727 out of 1,089Before him are Albert of Saxony, Luigi Guido Grandi, Donald Davidson, Hecataeus of Abdera, Kitaro Nishida, and Calcidius. After him are Jan Mukařovský, Frithjof Schuon, Peter the Iberian, Perry Anderson, Hakuin Ekaku, and Crates of Athens.

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Among people born in 950, Abhinavagupta ranks 10Before him are Ibn Yunus, Leo the Deacon, Maslama al-Majriti, Boleslaus III, Duke of Bohemia, Bernard I, Duke of Saxony, and Olof Björnsson. After him are Sarolt, Mariam al-Asturlabi, William I of Provence, Urraca Fernández, Thorvald Asvaldsson, and Otto III, Duke of Swabia. Among people deceased in 1020, Abhinavagupta ranks 3Before him are Leif Erikson and Ferdowsi. After him are Gagik I of Armenia, Manuel Erotikos Komnenos, Melus of Bari, Al-Sijzi, Malusha, and Ælfric of Eynsham.

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Among people born in India, Abhinavagupta ranks 220 out of 1,227Before him are Lala Lajpat Rai (1865), Raja Ravi Varma (1848), Ratan Tata (1937), Charan Singh (1902), K. Kamaraj (1903), and Jaya Bachchan (1948). After him are Feroze Gandhi (1912), Rajaram I (1670), Dhyan Chand (1905), Jim Corbett (1875), Inayat Khan (1882), and Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897).


Among philosophers born in India, Abhinavagupta ranks 29Before him are Sivananda Saraswati (1887), Eknath (1533), Dignāga (480), Madhvacharya (1199), Thiruvalluvar (350), and Narayana Guru (1855). After him are Inayat Khan (1882), Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897), Rishabhanatha (null), Shah Waliullah Dehlawi (1703), Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar (1921), and Sarada Devi (1853).