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Bonding with the Divine through Bhakti or Sufi practice was often a process where caste hierarchies lost meaning, poets transcended constraints of gender, and people came together across religious divisions, as we see in literature from Karnataka to Kashmir, and in living traditions today.
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Kartikay Khetarpal
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William Dalrymple
As a part of the collaboration between Sahapedia and the Rupayan Sansthan, Jodhpur, William Dalrymple delivered a talk titled 'Scent and Sensuality in India' at Arna Jharna: The Desert Museum in December 2017. In this talk, Dalrymple examines how pre-modern South Asia had one of the most refined…
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Yashaswini Chandra
Photo by DHEERAJ PAUL   PHOTOS BY DHEERAJ PAUL AND DINESH KHANNA   ‘. . . O, sweet [bird] Kurjan You are like my sister Lower your wings And come close to me Allow me to write my grievances on your wings And my greetings on your beak. Hasten, sweet bird Go to my dear one.’ (excerpt from the folk…
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Vishal Pratap Singh Deo and Yashaswini Chandra
The joint efforts of two friends from Rajasthan, Komal Kothari, the oral historian, and Vijaydan Detha, the storyteller, formed, arguably, one of the greatest intellectual partnerships of post-Independence India. It was this partnership that found fruition as the Rupayan Sansthan, an institution…
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Vishal Pratap Singh Deo
Komal Kothari, along with his friend Vijaydan Detha, founded the Rupayan Sansthan, after painstakingly putting together an enormous archive of audio-video recordings of folk traditions from Rajasthan. By offering a more local perspective on social groups, Kothari offered a history from below and…
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