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Kabir’s Poetic Tradition Comes Alive at Emory

December 2003
Kabir’s Poetic Tradition Comes Alive at Emory

The South Asian Studies Program and Department of Religion at Emory University hosted a concert titled "Kabir in Song: The Traditions of a Great Religious Poet" on October 17 at the Cannon Chapel. Kabir is a 15th-century devotional poet of Varanasi, who is still one of the most revered and popular saint-singers of North India.

The performers were Prahlad Singh Tipanya, Ashok Tipanya, Ajay Tipanya, and Devnarayan Sarolia, renowned folk singers and musicians from the Malwa region of Madhya Pradesh, and Dr. Krishna Kant Shukla of Varanasi. Dr. Shukla is a classical singer trained by Ali Akbar Khan, Lakshmi Shankar, and others, and especially devoted to the musical art of Kumar Gandharva, one of the greatest singers of the 20th century. Dr. Linda Hess, a Kabir scholar from Stanford University's Religious Studies Program organized the tour in concert with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations.

The musicians also gave lecture-demonstrations in two classes in the Religion Department, taught by Dr. Tara Doyle. For this occasion, these classes were held outside, in the Quadrangle of Emory College.

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