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Kālidāsa (fl. 4th–5th century CE) was a Classical Sanskrit author who is often considered ancient India's greatest poet and playwright. His plays and poetry are primarily based on Hindu Puranas and philosophy. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Kālidāsa has received more than 2,139,307 page views. His biography is available in 126 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 124 in 2019). Kālidāsa is the 141st most popular writer (down from 132nd in 2019), the 18th most popular biography from India (down from 13th in 2019) and the 4th most popular Indian Writer.

Kālidāsa is most famous for his epic poem, the "Kālidāsa's Kumarasambhava," which tells the story of the birth of the god Kumara.

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Among writers, Kālidāsa ranks 141 out of 5,755Before him are Rudyard Kipling, Charlotte Brontë, Catullus, Tove Jansson, William Blake, and H. G. Wells. After him are Mikhail Bulgakov, Aldous Huxley, Guillaume Apollinaire, Emily Brontë, Murasaki Shikibu, and Pindar.

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Among people born in 400, Kālidāsa ranks 1After him are Pope Celestine I, Merovech, Saint Ursula, Pope Zosimus, Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus, Olybrius, Alexius of Rome, Vasubandhu, Ermanaric, Yazdegerd I, and Constantine III. Among people deceased in 420, Kālidāsa ranks 2Before him is Jerome. After him are Pelagius, Orosius, Sulpicius Severus, Eunapius, Jeonji of Baekje, Porphyry of Gaza, Castinus, and Shapur IV.

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In India

Among people born in India, Kālidāsa ranks 18 out of 1,493Before him are Ramakrishna (1836), B. R. Ambedkar (1891), Nagarjuna (150), Srinivasa Ramanujan (1887), Rudyard Kipling (1865), and Indira Gandhi (1917). After him are Shivaji (1627), Ānanda (-600), Bodhidharma (483), Chandragupta Maurya (-340), Swami Vivekananda (1863), and Shah Rukh Khan (1965).

Among WRITERS In India

Among writers born in India, Kālidāsa ranks 4Before him are George Orwell (1903), Rabindranath Tagore (1861), and Rudyard Kipling (1865). After him are Valmiki (-80), Tulsidas (1532), Meera (1498), Salman Rushdie (1947), William Makepeace Thackeray (1811), Savitribai Phule (1831), Premchand (1880), and Ghalib (1797).