Text, Context & Performance of Indian Bhakti Movement (Optional)

- Prof H.S. Shiva Prakash

This course seeks to study the socio-historical and aesthetic dimensions of Bhakti Movements in India by looking at Bhakti movements, their history, texts, contexts and trations of their performance. This course begins with an over-all study of the phenomenon of Bhakti, its emergence and dissemination in medieval India, and the transformations to which they were subject to in different regions of the country. Some of the major text from Tamil, Kannada, Marathi, Gujarathi, Bengali, Hindi and Punjabi languages will be scrutinized during the course of this broad survey. The researcher will choose a specific area which may be identified based on region, culture, genre or specific aspects common to more than one Bhakti tradition. Apart from these approaches, the researcher can also undertake a comparative study of Bhakti aesthetics vis-a-vis classical, folk or western aesthetics.

Reading list:



• TRS Sharma et. al., Ancient Indian Literature: An Anthology, Vols 1 & 2, New Delhi: Sahitya Akademi

• Ayyappa Panikker, (Ed): Medieval Indian Literature: Surveys and Anthologies, Vol-7, New Delhi: Sahitya Akademi • DD. Kosambi, Myth and Reality, Mumbai, Popular Prakashan, 1983

• Alan Envistle & Francoise Malose, Studies in South Asian Devotional Literatures, New Delhi: Manohar, 1994

• K Sharma, Bhakti and Bhakti Movements: A New Perspective, Delhi, Munshilal Manoharlal, 1987

• Swami Tyagishananda (Ed): Narada Bhakti Sutra, Madras: Sri Ramakrishna Math, 1979