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On the Threshold Songs of Chokhamela

Rohini Mokashi-Punekar (Translator)
Synopsis As one ponders, in all the terms that sociology and anthropology can provide, a social system that arranges human beings into pure and impure, and bemoans in moral terms the impregnable fort of the highborn, there comes along in the fourteenth century one such as Chokhamela. Can there be such love in the world is the wondering question that surfaces after a reading of these amazing poems written so long ago. Nothing so clearly brings into focus the tension between the external world of arrangements and the inner world of feeling as the bhakti movement that rose in protest against caste ritualism in medieval India. That opposition of outer and inner may be underpinned in different ways; the underlying point is the powerful presence of love in some, and the denial of it by powerful others; one kind of power set over against another; the power of ritual orthodoxy exercising its prescriptions against the power of loving devotion that recognizes no obstacles.
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About the author

Rohini Mokashi-Punekar

Rohini Mokashi-Punekar teaches at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, Assam. Her book of translations, On the Threshold: Songs of Chokhamela was published in 2002 by The Book Review Literary Trust, New Delhi, and as a world edition by the Alta Mira Press, New York in 2005 with additional translations. She has also published several papers in the areas of postcolonial and cultural studies. She is currently writing a volume on Vikram Seth to be published by Foundation Books.

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Title On the Threshold Songs of Chokhamela
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8188434027
length xxiv+72p., 23cm.