Dandin (DAHN-deen) was a Sanskrit writer, probably of south Indian origin. He authored Kāvyādarśa (sixth or seventh century c.e.; Kavyadarsa of Dandin, 1924), considered a valuable contribution to Sanskrit poetry, and a gadya (prose) romance titled Daśakumāracarita (sixth or seventh century c.e.; The Adventures of the Ten Princes, 1927), which is written in elegant, polished, and involved Sanskrit. Dandin uses verbal tricks and grammatical devices to show his mastery of the language. To illustrate, he relates an episode in which a lover is bitten on the lip and must speak without the use of labials, which he is unable to pronounce.