the stabilization of authority under Kalhana’s contemporary Jayasimha
  (reigned 1128–49).
      In style the Rajatarangini narrative is sometimes considered as
  versified prose on a massive scale, yet its strong structural appeal made it
  a model for later historians. In fact, the history of Kashmir was continued,
  along Kalhana’s line, down to some years after the annexation of Kashmir
  by Emperor Akbar (1586) in the following works: Rajatarangini (by
  Jonaraja), Jainatarangini (by Shrivara), and Rajavalipataka (by
  Prajyabhatta and Shuka). Neither in style nor in authenticity do these
  works approximate the quality of Kalhana’s Rajatarangini.
Early Medieval Historiography The origins of early medieval
historiography lay in the political and social changes of the earlier periods.
The ithihasa tradition got a new systematisation with the compilation of the
Puranas. Another aspect of the new historiography is reflected in the
growing number of charitas which were centred round illustrious, mostly
royal personages. The charitas were not biographies of a narrative style, but
were made to conform to a literary framework. Perhaps a projection of both
these aspects of historical writing is to be found in the numerous royal and
even common official and private prasastis of the early medieval period.
Generally, the two relevant parts of a prasasti contain a genealogical detail of
the family and a narration of the events, mostly military exploits, connected
with it. Indisputably, an exception to this tradition of historical writing is the
Rajatarangini of Kalhana. In his use of different sets of earlier historical
material and in his narrative style, Kalhana differed from his contemporary
writers of charitas and eulogies. However, the historical assumptions of
Kalhana too included beliefs in the divine and the supernatural.
Systematisation of Principles of Fine Arts An important section of the
literary output of the period was devoted to the systematisation of principles
relating to fine arts. A definitive idea of the fine arts had developed by the
classical period and the list of kalas enumerated in the works of that period
gives a good picture of the share apportioned to fine arts in the curriculum for
the accomplished. Several factors contributed to its further growth in the
early medieval period. The growing number of elites created an atmosphere