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This article examines literary multilingualism at the South Indian Maratha court of Tanjavur (aka Thanjavur) (1675–1855), where the Telugu yakṫagāna dance–drama, a Nayaka legacy, developed into a polyglot form and the premier literary and performance genre. Composed in Telugu, Tamil, Marathi, Sanskrit and Bhā ṫā (Hindi), and in combinations of thes...
The Indian ruler Serfoji II of Tanjore (r. 1798–1832) was noted for his pursuit of European science, and for his library and collection. This essay attempts to trace the history of this unusual Indian collection, as well as to reconstruct its intellectual foundations, and to assess its implications for the history of ideas. It is argued that Serfoj...
The book looks at the three major Nayaka states--ruled from Senji, Tanjavur and Madurai, Tiruccirappalli--as well as at minor states located at their periphery. While these states had differing life-spans, developmental patterns, geo-ecological environments, and distinct forms of historical experience, they also shared salient structural and cultur...
In Poems to Śiva Indira Viswanathan Peterson offers a sourcebook of translations of poems from the Tēvāram, the core of the Śaiva bhakti canon; in The Tamil Veda John Carman and Vasudha Narayanan offer a critical analysis of the first theological commentary on Nammāḻvār's Tiruvāymoḻi, perhaps the greatest of Tamil Vaiṣṇava bhakti texts. Though diff...
Editor's PrefaceA Note on Sanskrit PronunciationIntroduction: Kalidasa's Dramatic UniverseKalidasa's World and His PlaysSanskrit Dramatic Theory and Kalidasa's PlaysSakuntala and the Ring of RecollectionUrvasi Won by ValorMalavika and AgnimitraNotes to the IntroductionNotes to the PlaysSelected Bibliography
Fires of Love, Waters of Peace: Passion and Renunciation in Indian Culture. By SiegelLee. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1983. xi, 109 pp. Notes. $12.50. - Volume 44 Issue 4 - Indira Viswanathan Peterson
The Tēvāram is the collection of the Tamil devotional songs of the three principal saints (Campan̄tar, Appar and Can̄tarar, 6th-8th c. A. D.) of the Tamil Śaivite cult. The songs are addressed to Śiva in particular shrines in Tamil country, and were composed by the saints when they visited these shrines. This article suggests that, besides being a...