Tuesday, 8 April 2008

Bhakti poets - Premanand, the Manbhatt of Gujarat

The tradtion of Brahmins (Bhatt) drumming on earthen or copper pots (mann) with their ringed fingers while narrating akhayans - melodious poetical compositions describing in detail, episodes from epics like Ramayana and Mahabharat is unique to Gujarat.

Born in Vadodara, Gujarat in the 17th century, Kavi Premanand was one such Manbhatt who raised the standard of Gujarati bhakti poetry with his akhayans to new heights. His simple yet vivid compositions reflected the life and culture of common people of Gujarat during the Mughal period. He travelled around Gujarat, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh with his akhayans, narrating, with unique vivdness, episodes from Mahabharat and Ramayan.

to be continued......

1 comment:

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