Lilatilakam (IAST: Līlā-tilakam, "diadem of poetry") is a 14th century Sanskrit-language treatise on the grammar and poetics of the Manipravalam language form, a precursor of the modern Malayalam language spoken in the Kerala state of India.
Lilatilakam is an anonymous work, and is generally dated to the late 14th century. It is attested by two (possibly three) manuscripts, and is not referred to by any other surviving pre-modern source.
Lilatilakam (literally "diadem of poetry") calls itself the only disciplinary treatise (shastra) on Manipravalam, which it describes as the "union" of Sanskrit and Kerala-bhasha (the regional language spoken in Kerala).
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