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By Kanchana Natarajan

Shenkottai Sri Avudai Akkal, a impressive eighteenth-century lady saint from Tamil Nadu, was once a self-realised advaitin who sang passionately concerning the ecstasy of non secular union with absolutely the. A desolate and stigmatised Brahmin child-widow, she was once initiated into Vedanta by way of the good grasp Tiruvisainallur Shridhara Venkatesa Ayyawal. Her songs, an intensive elision of the metaphysical elegant and private devotion, are narrated via existential tropes sourced from everyday life, and likewise supply a strong critique of the oppressive orthodox socio-religious practices of that interval. Composed in basic, colloquial Tamil, and bringing wish and solace to girls normally and widows specifically for nearly 3 centuries, those songs via Avudai Akkal have been preserved in the oral culture via Brahmin girls of Tirunellveli district who sang them on all events. The songs have been documented within the 19th and 20th centuries and feature seemed in lots of Tamil courses. they seem in English translation for the 1st time during this ebook. every one music is observed through annotations and themed essays.

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