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Narasinha Mehta of Gujarat: A Legacy of Bhakti in Songs and Stories

Neelima Shukla-Bhatt


This is the first book in English on Narsinha Mehta, a major figure among the saint-poets of medieval India and the most celebrated bhakti (devotion) poet from Gujarat, whose morning hymns and sacred biography provided a vital source of moral inspiration to Gandhi. With the examination of manuscripts, medieval texts, Gandhi's little studied writings, and performances in multiple religious and nonreligious contexts including modern popular media, it explores how the songs and sacred narratives associated with the saint-poet have been sculpted into a popular source of moral inspiration by perfor ... More

Keywords: Narasinha Mehta, bhakti-rasa, aesthetic, Gujarat, morning hymns, performance, social reconstruction, popular culture, Gandhi, Vaishnavajana

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199976416
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199976416.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Neelima Shukla-Bhatt, author
Wellesley College