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Sacred Songs of India (Volume 8)

V.K. Subramanian (Author)
Synopsis The Sacred Songs of India Volume Eight, like its predecessor volumes, encompasses selections from the life work of ten mystic poet-saints of India. The mystic poet-sages includes in this volume lived between the 3rd century and the 20th century A.D. and came from such diverse regions of India as Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Orissa. They are: Tirumoolar, the Doyen of Saivite saints of Tamil Nadu, Kalidasa, the National poet of India, who hailed from Ujjain, Kulasekhara Perumal, the King of Kerala who chose the spiritual path in preference to military adventures, Kamban, the undisputed Emperor of Tamil poets, whose Tamil rendering of the Ramayana is an incomparable classic, Devara Dasimayya, the pioneer of Veerasaivism from Karnataka, Guru Ramdas, the fourth Sikh Guru, Rahim, the Pathan poet who was smitten with love for Krishna, the darling of the Gopis, Appayya Dikshitar, the Saivite poet-philosopher of Tamil Nadu, Bhima Bhoi, the blind tribal mystic of Orissa who yearned for God, the invisible, elusive One and Sri Narayana Gurum the saint from Kerala who was also a great social reformer. They sang in different languages: Tamil, Sanskrit, Kannada, Punjabi, Hindi (Braj bhasha), Oriya and Malayalam. But all of them sang of the glory of god, for whom they yearned, pouring out their devotion in inimitable immortal poetry. Like its predecessor volumes, Sacred Songs of India, Volume Eight, will be a valuable repertoire for all artistes in the field of music, dance, drama and ballet and a priceless source of reference for scholars of India’s spiritual history.
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About the author

V.K. Subramanian

Vadakaymadom Krishna Iyer Subramanian (b. 1930, Kerala, India) is an eminent scholar, whose life mission is to present to the world the treasures of ancient India, in the fields of art, literature, philosophy and religion. He has already translated several ancient texts into English. These include: Saundaryalahaari, Sivanandalahari, Sacred Songs off India, Maxims of Chanakya and Sri Rudraprasna. As a consultant for holistic health and spiritual development, he has spelt out the Hindu regimens in this regard in his popular book: The Holistic Way to Health, Happiness and Harmony. Subramanian's prolific literary output covers a variety of subjects ranging from astrology to art. He has been an astropalmic counselor for over 35 years. A retired officer of the Indian Audit and Accounts Service (which he joined in 1953), Subramanian is also a reputed painter, who has held 22 one-man shows and whose paintings (some of them in the Chandigarh Museum) have won wide acclaim from leading art critics of India. Subramanian who has traveled extensively in India, now lives in the United States of America.

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Title Sacred Songs of India (Volume 8)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 16.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8170174325
length 297p.