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  • Sufi Lyrics , The History of Akbar, Therigatha, The Story of Manu, Allasani Peddana, Rohan Murty, Narayan Murty
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    Written by Bullhe Shah, edited and translated by Christopher Shackle The poetry of Bullhe Shah, which drew upon Sufi mysticism, is considered one of the glories of premodern Panjabi literature. His lyrics, famous for their vivid style and outspoken denunciation of artificial religious divisions, have been held in affection by Hindus, Muslims, and Sikhs, and continue to win audiences today across national boundaries.

  • Sufi Lyrics , The History of Akbar, Therigatha, The Story of Manu, Allasani Peddana, Rohan Murty, Narayan Murty
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    Written by Abu’l-Fazl, edited and translated by Wheeler M. Thackston The History of Akbar, by Abu’l-Fazl, is one of the most important works of Indo-Persian history and a touchstone of prose artistry. It is at once a biography of the Mughal emperor Akbar that includes descriptions of his political and martial feats and cultural achievements, and a chronicle of sixteenth-century India.

  • Sufi Lyrics , The History of Akbar, Therigatha, The Story of Manu, Allasani Peddana, Rohan Murty, Narayan Murty
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    Translated by Charles Hallisey Ther?g?th? is a poetry anthology in the Pali language by and about the first Buddhist women. The poems they left behind are arguably among the most ancient examples of women’s writing in the world and are unmatched for their quality of personal expression and the extraordinary insight they offer into women’s lives in the ancient Indian past.

  • Sufi Lyrics , The History of Akbar, Therigatha, The Story of Manu, Allasani Peddana, Rohan Murty, Narayan Murty
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    Written by Allasani Peddana, translated by Velcheru Narayana Rao and David Shulman The Story of Manu, by sixteenth-century poet Allasani Peddana, is the definitive literary monument of Telugu civilization and a powerful embodiment of the culture of Vijayanagara, the last of the great premodern south Indian states. It describes kingship and its exigencies at the time of Krishnadevaraya, Peddana’s close friend and patron.

  • Sufi Lyrics , The History of Akbar, Therigatha, The Story of Manu, Allasani Peddana, Rohan Murty, Narayan Murty
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    Written by Surdas, edited by Kenneth E. Bryant, translated by John Stratton Hawley Surdas, regarded as the epitome of artistry in Old Hindi religious poetry from the end of the sixteenth century to the present, refashioned the narrative of Krishna and his lover Radha into elegant, approachable lyrics. His popularity led to the proliferation, through an energetic oral tradition, of poems ascribed to him, the S?rs?gar.

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