“Laghu Paniniyam” is a brief introduction to classical Sanskrit grammar, on the lines of Panini. In this text the more important sutras of Ashtadhyayi are so arranged as to bring together the relevant sutras bearing on a particular topic. The author exaplainsin his preface, what motivated him to write this book – “it has always struck me, if it were possible to prepare an elementary grammar, in Sanskrit itself, on the basis of Panini’s unmatched aphorisms, simplifying his principles and interpreting them in accordance with modern tendencies so as to form an introduction to Panini, and to the ordinary classical literature generally, the attempt would be worth-making.”
The author, A R Rajaraja Varma (1863 -1918), is well known as Kerala Panini (the Panini of Kerala). He was given this title considering his contributions for systematising the grammar of Malayalam language.