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A khyat is a form of bardic historical prose that was prevalent in India.[1][2]

Khyats generally contained histories of a ruling dynasty or a person. In the former states that now constitute Rajasthan, khyats were written under the patronage of rulers who wished to perpetuate their exploits.[1] Kyats are often known by the name of their authors; e.g., Bankidas-ri-Khyat (khyat by Bankidas).[1] Nainsi-ri-Khyat written by Nainsi is considered to be the most prominent of khyats.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Sen, S. P. (1979). Historical Biography in Indian Literature. Calcutta: Institute of Historical Studies.
  2. Singh, Sabita (2019-05-27). The Politics of Marriage in India: Gender and Alliance in Rajasthan. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-909828-6.
  3. Paniker, K. Ayyappa (1997). Medieval Indian Literature: Surveys and selections. Sahitya Akademi. ISBN 978-81-260-0365-5.