c.14th–16th century ce)
A composer of Vaiṣṇava devotional songs in Bengali (in a collection known as Śrīkṛṣṇakīrtana). According to legend he was a brahmin who fell in love with a low- caste washerwoman, Rāmī, and then made their relationship public in an attempt to have it recognized by other brahmins. In his songs he identified Rāmī with Rādhā and himself with Kṛṣṇa, in the belief that love of God (bhakti) could only be based on love of a particular human being. According to some, his songs influenced Caitanya, and he is considered an important figure in the development of Bengali literature.