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Singing Krishna: Sound Becomes Sight in Paramanand's Poetry (New)
by Sanford, A Whitney
Publisher: SUNY Press
Book ID: 9780791473962, 0791473961
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Introduces Parama-nand, one of India’s poet-saints, his work, and this work’s use in ritual.
Singing Krishna introduces Parama-nand, one of north India’s greatest medieval poet-saints, whose poetry has been sung from the sixteenth century to the present in ritual service to the Hindu deity Krishna. A. Whitney Sanford examines how hearing Parama-nand’s poetry in ritual context serves as a threshold for devotees between this world and Krishna’s divine world. To "see Krishna" is a primary goal of the devotee, and Parama-nand deftly constructs a vision through words. Sanford employs the dual strategies of interpreting Parama-nand’s poems -- which sing the cycles of Krishna’s activities -- and illustrating the importance of their ritual contexts. This approach offers insight into the nature of the devotional experience that is not accessible by simply studying the poetry or rituals in isolation. Sanford shows that the significance of Parama-nand’s poetry lies not only in its beauty and historical importance but finally in its capacity to permit the devotee to see through the ephemeral world into Krishna’s world.
“The beautiful lyrics of Parama-nand’s poetry are a welcome addition to the growing body of Indic poetry in translation. Sanford’s excellent book guides us through the poetry and takes us right to its sources.” -- Constantina Rhodes Bailly, author of Shaiva Devotional Songs of Kashmir: A Translation and Study of Utpaladeva’s Shivastotravali
A. Whitney Sanford is Assistant Professor of Religion at the University of Florida.
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