The major characteristics of Dr. V. M. Kulkarni's work can be summarised as:
For the first time the full connotation of alaukika with reference to rasa is brought out here with appropriate documentation which bears testimony to his assiduous industry and penetrating scholarship.
For the first time the full significance of sattvikabhava-s has been fully explained in his characteristic style.
For the first time Rajasekhara and Hemacandra have been evaluated from an impartial point of view which a fair-minded scholar alone can do.
For the first time Prakrit poetry has been evaluated in the light of known theories of Aesthetics and its substantial contribution is competently assessed by a competent authority.
For the first time Abhinavagupta's Theory of Beauty, Logic in Poetry, and the very nature of Alamkara have been searchingly studied.