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Inaugurating Hindavī

Aditya Behl

in Love's Subtle Magic

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780195146707
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199978878 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195146707.003.0002
Inaugurating Hindavī

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This chapter presents a detailed reading of the prologues of the four major Hindavī Sufi romances from the fourteenth to the sixteenth centuries: Maulānā Dā'ūd's Cāndāyan (1379), Shaikh Qutban Suhravardī's Mirigāvatī (1503), Malik Muḥammad Jāyasī's Padmāvat (1540), and Shaikh Mīr Sayyid Mañjhan Shattārī Rājgīrī's Madhumālatī (1545). Setting them against the backdrop of earlier Sanskrit and Persian models of poetic understanding emphasizes the Hindavī poets' continuity with these earlier canons, as well as their distance from them. They signal their uniqueness and novelty by using the terms Hindavī, Hindukī, or Bhākhā (“the spoken tongue”) to describe their courtly and patterned verse. Since they represent rasa or the idea of sympathetic response as the cornerstone of their aesthetic agenda, the prologues of these works are invaluable as a statement of aesthetic intention.

Keywords: prologues; Hindavī Sufi romances; Cāndāyan; Mirigāvatī; Padmāvat; Madhumālatī

Chapter.  11557 words. 

Subjects: Hinduism

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