<i>Rīti</i> Literature in Greater Hindustan

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 in Greater Hindustan

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Chapter 5 is concerned with rīti poetry as a domain of Rajput literature. It looks at the adoption of rīti styles by three major courts that had close ties to Mughal power: Amber, Bundi, and Jodhpur. Their patronage helped to pave the way for the wider acceptance of Brajbhasha courtly styles throughout greater Hindustan and some Rajput kings, like Jaswant Singh, are hailed as rīti authors in their own right. The transregional circulation of rīti literature is exemplified by examining the careers of three major writers who also happen to have been brothers: Matiram, Bhushan, and Chintamani Tripathi. These three were literally brothers, but the larger community of rīti intellectuals was also conceptualized in kinship terms, as a kavikul (family of poets). Tracing this network reveals much about the literary culture of the period as well as the mentalities and aspirations of early modern intellectuals that were fostered through literary education.

Keywords: Rajput literature; Amber; Bundi; Jodhpur; Jaswant Singh; Bhushan Tripathi; Matiram Tripathi; Chintamani Tripathi; education; kavikul

Chapter.  15220 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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