This anthology provides a representative selection from the songs of three great singer-saints of sixteenth-century southern India. William Jackson translates the songs of Annamacharya, Purandaradasa, and Kanakadasa in an English that is sometimes startlingly contemporary and colloquial, capturing the essence of bhakti as a movement that belonged to the people, and spoke the language of the streets.
Jackson's illuminating essays on each of the singer-saints tells the story of their lives and the literature they originated. A general introduction and an essay on bhakti literature put the songs into their historical and literary context. This book will appeal to those interested in Indian literature, culture, music, history and Hindu saints.
(Note: Cover Painting: Purandaradasa by S. Rajam, inspired by the Haridas tradition, photographed by Ludwig Pesch.)
About the Author:
William J. Jackson is Professor in Department of Religious Studies, at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis.
Experts from Reviews:
'The author has presented a moving and thought-provoking work. If life is merely a dream
been painted here with brilliant colours.'
'The author has given a life sketch of the three saints with translations of some select songs to bring out the core of their existence. The message of the songs is loud and clear.'
Dynamic Bhakti Images in the Songs of Annamacharya,Purandaradasa and Kanakadasa
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