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Into the Twilight of Sanskrit Court PoetryThe Sena Salon of Bengal and Beyond$
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Jesse Ross Knutson

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780520282056

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520282056.001.0001

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Vulgar Kāvya

Vulgar Kāvya

Badḍu Canṇdḍīdās's Śrīkṛṣṇakīrttana

(p.89) four Vulgar Kāvya
Into the Twilight of Sanskrit Court Poetry

Jesse Ross Knutson

University of California Press

This chapter offers a reading of Baḍu Caṇḍīdās's poem in both implicit and explicit comparison to the Sena archive. How do we characterize the śriīkṛṣṣṇṇakiīrttana's relationship to the literary salon that was its acknowledged predecessor (in the sense that the form and content of the poem themselves implicitly acknowledge the Giītagovinda and other works of the Sena salon)? What did the vernacular do or enable that courtly Sanskrit did not? This latter question leads to a search for differences as well as similarities. On the one hand, we find themes that began to emerge in the Aryaāsaptasśatiī: the sociocultural valence of work/physical labor and the relationship between country and city. Yet the śriīkṛṣṣṇṇakiīrttana has a perspective on these topics distinct from anything we find in Sanskrit.

Keywords:   Ba?u Caṇḍīdās, śriīkṛṣṣṇṇakiīrttana, Bengali, Bangla, Middle Bengali, Jayadeva, Govardhana, āryaāsaptasśatiī

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