Creating a New Genre: The Cāndāyan

Aditya Behl

in Love's Subtle Magic

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780195146707
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199978878 | DOI:
Creating a New Genre: The Cāndāyan

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This chapter investigates the creation of a new genre in Maulānā Dā'ūd's Cāndāyan, reconstructing the sources for his narrative and delineating the generic formula that he created in his romance of Lorik, Cāndā, and Mainā. Dā'ūd's use of rasa allows us to specify a Sufi poetics of ordinate love. He links eroticism and ascetic transformation through the multiple meanings of the “juice” or “essence” (rasa) that runs through Indian notions of poetry and praxis, reimagining the Chishti theology of 'ishq (love) in richly suggestive language. Setting his use of rasa and embodiment within a range of other Indian devotional poets shows the distinctive Sufi use of common literary and religious vocabulary.

Keywords: Maulānā Dā; Hindavī Sufi romances; rasa; love; Sufi poetics; eroticism; ascetic transformation; Indian poetry

Chapter.  21544 words. 

Subjects: Hinduism

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