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Chaitanya and the Vaishnava Poets of Bengal

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Author: John Beames
Published: 1873
Language: English
Wordcount: 4,818 / 21 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 63.1
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 406 972
Genre: Poetry

remely valuable to the philologist, since it can be relied on as representing the spoken language of its day more accurately than those pretentious works whose authors despised everything but Sanskrit.

The Padakalpataru, to keep up the metaphor of its name
throughout, is divided into 4 sakhas or 'branches,' and each of these into 8 or 10 pallabas or smaller branches, 'boughs.' It should be explained that the kirtans are celebrated with considerable ceremony. There is first a consecration both of the performers and instruments with flowers, incense, and sweetmeats. This is called the adhibas. The principal performer then sings one song after another, the others playing the drum and cymbals in time, and joining in the chorus; as the performance goes on many of them get excited and wildly frantic, and roll about on the ground. When the performance is over the drum is respectfully sprinkled with chandana or
sandalwood paste, and hung up. Several perf



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