The scientific classification of Nayikas and Nayakas in different treatises from Bharata’s Natya Sastra to Rasamanjari of Bhanudatta, from Dasa Rupaka to Bhava Prakasa, is a very exciting intellectual experience.
The advent of rasamanjari of Bhanudatta is in many ways a significant turning point in the classification of nayakas and nayikas because no author before him exclusively authored a treatise dealing with only the classification of nayakas and nayikas. Until then, it has been dealt with by dramaturgists or alankarikas as a chapter in their works but not as a separate work. Bhanudatta for the first time made the subject an exclusive theme for his work. Bhanudatta belonged to Tirhut in Bihar and lived in fifteenth century as mentioned by him in the last sloka of his work.