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In Praise of Annada (Vol 1) (Bilingual) (Hardcover) (Bharatchandra Ray)

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In 1752, the Bengali poet Bharatchandra Ray completed a long narrative poem dedicated to the glory of Annada, Shiva’s consort and the divinity who, as her name proclaims, “bestows the bounty of rice.”

A poet well versed in Sanskrit, Persian, and Hindi—all of which enrich his work—Bharatchandra took up the literary performance genre ma?galkavya and thoroughly transformed it, addressing the aesthetic tastes of the court rather than of the traditional village audience. He added depth and sensitivity to well-known legends, along with allusions to his own experiences of poverty, and more than a dash of mischievous wit.

The first volume narrates Annada’s origins, including the building of her city and temple under Shiva’s direction and the spread of her worship, and incorporates praise of the poet's patron, the Nadia royal family.

This translation, the first into English, accompanies the original text in the Bangla script. Lively and entertaining, In Praise of Annada was regarded as a major achievement in its own time and remains a treasure of Bengali literature.

Edition: Bilingual
Number of Pages: 518
Genre: Poetry, History
Series Title: Murty Classical Library of India
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Harvard Univ Pr
Volume number: 1
Author: Bharatchandra Ray
Language: English
Street Date: December 5, 2016
TCIN: 52239252
UPC: 9780674660427
Item Number (DPCI): 248-44-1811
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