However some modern authors and scholars are of the opinion that all of the eight works in Astappirapantam were not composed by Alakiya Manavalatacar, but by various poets who had the similar name but existed in different periods of time. But there are minute differences among them in the utilization and treatment of words as well as in dealing with the subject matter. As the literary Tamil work of Astappirapantam is composed in a much artistic manner with complicated arrangement of words, it is not easily readable. As the antati types of poems are abundant in the yamakam and tiripu, the meaning and implication of the works are not easily comprehended or understood.
In such types of verses a single line is frequently repeated various times. Moreover, in order to ascertain their actual sense and denotation of the words, it must be segregated into two or three segments and in different ways. As a result of this complex arrangement of words, the work does not captivate nor fascinate the heart of the readers like the devotional hymns of the Tamil Alvars. Few of the swing songs in Astappirapantam or Asthapira Pantham, titled Cirankanayakar Ucal, have literary value and thus they enthrall and impress the hearts of readers.