<i>Rīti</i> Literature at the Mughal Court

Allison Busch

in Poetry of Kings

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199765928
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918973 | DOI:

Series: South Asia Research

Rīti Literature at the Mughal Court

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This chapter looks at the lives and texts of important Brajbhasha writers who were associated with the Mughal court. Although this court is most often linked to Persian literature, a surprising number of Brajbhasha poets also attracted the notice of Mughal patrons. Their achievements have been largely lost to the historical record; thus, uncovering the nature of the social, political and cultural interactions that the Mughal patronage of Brajbhasha represents opens up new perspectives on the period. Brajbhasha writers—prominent figures include Kavindracharya Sarasvati, Sundar, and Vrind—performed a variety of functions for the court. They could be teachers, poets, musicians, even ambassadors. Some members of the Mughal political establishment, such as Rahim, also tried their hand at Hindi literary composition. Contrary to conventional wisdom, this pattern continued into the reign of Aurangzeb and beyond.

Keywords: Mughalcourt; Brajbhasha; Akbar; Jahangir; Shah Jahan; Aurangzeb; Kavindracharya Sarasvati; Sundar; Rahim; Vrind

Chapter.  14559 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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