4th Century - 5th Century
Kalidasa was a legendary Sanskrit poet and playwright from ancient India, widely regarded as one of the greatest literary figures of the Indian classical period. He is best known for his epic poems, such as the "Shakuntala" and "Meghaduta," as well as his plays, including "Abhijñānaśākuntalam" and "Malavikagnimitram." Despite being born in an unknown time and place, Kalidasa's works have been greatly admired for their depth of emotion, complex themes, and stunning use of language. He is considered a pioneer of Sanskrit literature, and his works continue to be widely read and studied to this day.