The original Writer of this Work is Mahakavi Kaviraajakunjaraabidha Nemichandra, a court poet of King Veera Ballala II and the Silhara King Lakshmana of Kholapur. Lilavati Prabandham, written in 1170, is the earliest available true fiction/novel in Kannada, with an erotic bent. Written in the Champu metre, with the ancient town of Banavasi as the background, it narrates the love story of a Kadamba prince and a princess who eventually marry after facing many obstacles. The story is based on 610 BC Sanskrit original called Vasavadatta by Subhandu. The Authors of the book collected the manuscript, edited and published it as a book. A good read for Kannadigas who know old Kannada.