Vidyapati (1352 – 1448), also known by the sobriquet Maithil Kavi Kokil (the poet cuckoo of Maithili) was a Maithili poet and a Sanskrit writer. He was born in the village Bisfi in Madhubani district of Mithila Region of India and died in the in Janakpur Metropolitan of Mithila Region of Nepal in exile. He was son of Ganapati. The name Vidyapati is derived from two Sanskrit words, Vidya(knowledge) and Pati (master), connoting thereby, a man of knowledge.
Vidyapati's poetry was widely influential in centuries to come, in the Hindustanias well as Bengali, Maithili, less actively Nepali language and other Eastern literary traditions. Indeed, the language at the time of Vidyapati , the prakrit-derived late abahatta , had just began to transition into early versions of the Eastern languages, Maithili, Nepali Bengali, Odia, etc. Thus, Vidyapati's influence on making these languages has been described as "analogous to that of Dante in Italy and Chaucer in England