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Andal - The Autobiography of a Goddess
Andal - The Autobiography of a Goddess

Andal - The Autobiography of a Goddess

by Priya Sarukkai Chabria

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9789384757670 - Year: 2016 - Pages: 190



Priya Sarukkai Chabria
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Author: Priya Sarukkai Chabria
Ravi Shankar/
Publisher: Kali/Zubaan
Year: 2016
Language: English
Pages: 190
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9789384757670


Priya Sarukkai Chabria and Ravi Shankar’s elegant new translations of eighth-century Tamil poet and founding saint Andal, cements her status as the South Indian corollary to Mirabai.

In this one volume is her entire corpus, composed before she apocryphally merged with the idol of her chosen god as a young teenager, leaving behind the still popular song of congregational worship, the Thiruppavai, a collection of thirty pasuram (stanzas) sung for Lord Tirumal (Vishnu) and the much less frequently translated and rapturously erotic Nacchiyar Thirumoli.

Chabria and Shankar employ a radical new method of revitalizing classical verse by shifting it into a contemporary poetic idiom in another language. Some of the hymns are translated collaboratively, others by one or another of the translators, and others separately by each. This kaleidoscopic approach allows the reader multiple perspectives on the rich sonic and philosophical complexity of Andal’s classical Tamil.

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