The Bijak of Kabir
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Bijak of Kabir by Linda Hess
Book DescriptionKabir was an extraordinary oral poet whose works have been sung and recited by millions throughout North India for half a millenium. He may have been illiterate-'I do not touch ink or paper, this hand has never grasped a pen'-and he preached an abrasive, sometimes shocking, always uncompromising message that exhorted his audience to shed their delusions, pretensions, and empty orthodoxies in favour of an intense, direct, and personal confrontation with the truth. Thousands of poems are popularly attributed to Kabir, but only a few written collections have survived over the centuries. The Bijak is one of the most important, and is the sacred book of those who follow Kabir.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195148763
(235mm x 140mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 1-Apr-2002
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Linda Hess
Bodies of Song, Hardback (September 2015)
North Indian poetry, music, religion, and politics come to life in Bodies of Song, a textual and ethnographic work on the oral traditions of Kabir, the great fifteenth-century iconoclastic poet.
Singing Emptiness, Paperback (June 2008)» View all books by Linda Hess
Kumar Gandharva is the great 20th Century Hindustani classical vocalist and Kabir is the great 15th Century poet. Kumar Gandharva, drawn to Kabir and other poets, seeks the voice that can actually sing emptiness. This title includes an explanatory introduction, bilingual texts of 30 songs, and a CD with selected songs by Kumar Gandharva.
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